Sunday, 16 June 2019

No 86 - Grahamstown's street art

Grahamstown – Makhanda – advertises itself as the “Creative City” – and no one who attends Acoustic Cafe, or Reddits poetry, or the craft fairs, will deny that our little town is crammed with extraordinary talent: musicians, poets, painters, ceramicists, quilters... Wonderful stuff.

What might be ‘seen’ but overlooked is some of its street art. There’s not a lot of it, perhaps, and it varies from the mediocre and opportunistic to the really rather good. Some of it is merely decorative, some partakes of the historically subversive nature of Banksy-like “tagging”, propounding political and economic views normally suppressed or ignored by the ‘establishments’. Other examples carry much-needed positive messages – the need and desire for education, for example.

At any rate, here are just some samples from around town. Mostly, the artists are unknown: if anyone knows who they are, and they’d like their names to be included here, do let me know – and let me know of other artistic examples. Maybe someone can organise a competition in suitable spaces: I think of those huge blank wall-panels behind Shoprite, for example...

Electrical substations attract artists' attentions, as in the first couple, from the Somerset St-Beaufort St junction...



On the Hillsview/Lawrance St substation


John Kit next to his self-portrait, outside his gallery in Market St: pop in for antiques, paintings, or B&B


Real and imagined faces at the Bathurst St taxi rank, which provides many delightful details.



A possibly inadvertent, but satisfying abstract.



From the four-way junction near Kingswood, presumably executed by Kingswooders?

Decorative details on the Ditch bridge on Somerset St.


Several paintings, more political, on the Somerset St/African St substation.



Detail of a frieze on 'bus shelter' on Somerset St. (Do we have buses?)

5 comments:

  1. Hello what a great testimony, Am a United States of America based Medical doctor Reveals How she find a boyfriend (Mr.Right) 2 months after Her ex boyfriend broke up.
    I send a email message to contact same Dr.Amiso because i have this Powerful Intentions that things will work for me, i believed in testimonies are real life proves. I realized this would be good to share here as I know it will inspire others too.
    fortunate enough for me i came across Dr.Amiso email contact on a blog post. Today i'm testifying with joy and happiness to the world...this is one of the most joyful moment of my life. Dr.Amiso the Great-Love-Spell, Lunched a spell on my behalf to recover my ex-husband with his spell of magic and love-enchantment spell.
    I'm married for over 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was looking for a divorce, we broke-up before 4 months ago and we came back again after so much begging with nice gifts of love.
    I love my husband so much. I couldn't have done anything to hurt him or make him feel bad anymore..i just wanted him back to loving me forever. today we are both living happily together.i love him so much. My point is, he was my first love (at least that’s what it feels like).
    i'm grateful and thankful to this great man. I was at first having fear of doubt, but i give it a try and it work for my good. I'm certain this will work for you as well,100% sure.
    contact him through his personal email {herbalisthome01@gmail. com}
    he has the Powers to resolve the following relationship issues;-
    * Love Spells Win-Back Ex lover,Stay forever with you.
    * Success & promotion magic spell,NO one Else Except you.
    * lucky charm - BUSINESS STAR,Get Wealth.
    * wards - PROTECTIVE HOOK,free from Assassinating and Kidnapping.
    * curse resolution, Fat burning and Cancer curing.
    * spiritual cleansing,Be attractive to everybody, and get Married.
    * fertility magic - FRUITS OF WOMEN,Carry your Own Child.
    * decreeing magic, SPELL LOTTERY & WIN-GAMES SPELL
    The internet really helps a lot in providing quick and urgent solution to life problems.
    {herbalisthome01@gmail. com}

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi viewers online, I'm Alfonso Vázquez from Mexico. I'm here to share my testimony about how i was helped to get my wife back. I was a cheat and my wife caught me several times. I tried fixing myself and each time i ended up cheating over and over again. I guess i didn't realise what she meant to me until she had left me alone. I began to find a way to get her back but nothing seems to work out perfectly till i came across an article about Lord Zakuza who helped a lot of people globally to get their relationships back. I made contact with him on his WhatsApp number via +1 740-573-9483 and he assured me that my wife will come back to me within 48 hours with his powerful magics and i paid 410 Euros for the materials needed for the work. Surprisingly, my wife came back home after 2 days saying that she still loves me and i swore never to cheat on her anymore. All thanks to Lord Zakuza. You can have a chat with him on his WhatsApp number via +1 740-573-9483.

    ReplyDelete
  3. A GREAT SPELL CASTER (DR. EMU) THAT HELP ME BRING BACK MY EX GIRLFRIEND.
    Am so happy to testify about a great spell caster that helped me when all hope was lost for me to unite with my ex-girlfriend that I love so much. I had a girlfriend that love me so much but something terrible happen to our relationship one afternoon when her friend that was always trying to get to me was trying to force me to make love to her just because she was been jealous of her friend that i was dating and on the scene my girlfriend just walk in and she thought we had something special doing together, i tried to explain things to her that her friend always do this whenever she is not with me and i always refuse her but i never told her because i did not want the both of them to be enemies to each other but she never believed me. She broke up with me and I tried times without numbers to make her believe me but she never believed me until one day i heard about the DR. EMU and I emailed him and he replied to me so kindly and helped me get back my lovely relationship that was already gone for two months.
    Email him at: Emutemple@gmail.com  
    Call or Whats-app him: +2347012841542

    ReplyDelete
  4. Breakup is painful, sometimes we pretend to be fine but we are not, fighting to get the one we love back is also fighting to get back our joy and happiness. After my boyfriend of one year broke up with me, I could barely speak without crying. I felt blindsided and didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I could get him back and the anxiety was unbearable. I scoured the internet and after reading countless articles and websites about spells, I came across Lord Zakuza number + 1 (740) 573-9483. I wanted our relationship back and Lord Zakuza guaranteed me that my boyfriend will come back to me. So, I followed the instructions & plans that Lord Zakuza laid out for me and within 48 hours, we were back together and so in love! I know that it doesn't always happen that quickly, but Lord Zakuza said he's spells are effective and it did! I'm so grateful and I can boldly say that if you have been broken up with and you want to get that person back, Get in touch with him for Lord Zakuza is a GOD on Earth and he also specialises on spells to get pregnant for your partner, to get cured from any sickness or diseases, to win a lottery E.T.C. I'll never forget how he helped me. Email him now via: lordzakuza7@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. you need solutions to your relationship or marital problems, contact Dr ISIKOLO (https://isikololovetemple.com)
    i am here to give testimony on how this powerful spell caster called DR ISIKOLO helped me to fix my relationship. i was heartbroken when my fiancee told me he is no longer interested in marrying me because he was having an affair with the other woman where he work. I cried and sobbed every day, until it got so bad that I reached out to the Internet for help, that was when i read a review about the great work of DR ISIKOLO, then i contacted him for help to get my lover back, he helped me cast a powerful (reconciliation love spell) and to my greatest surprise after 48 hours of doing the love spell my Fiancee came back on his knees begging me to forgive him We are now happily married and all thanks goes to DR ISIKOLO Wonders for helping me save my relationship you can contact DR ISIKOLO through his email address: isikolosolutionhome@gmail.com You can also Whatsapp him on +2348133261196.

    ReplyDelete