Graffiti Street Art

GRAFFITI

IN WESTDENE

Our streets are canvases for our graffiti artists. Below are some examples of the beauty they create in Westdene.

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Graffiti, Friend or Foe?

Hate it or love it graffiti is on the wall and it’s not going away. Find out what people’s thoughts on this type of art form are.

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Vox Pop: Graffiti

The youth have their say! The Northcliff Melville Times spoke to students at Wits to see what they feel about graffiti and why it is important.

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FULL IMAGES OF GRAFFITI FROM ABOVE

These images were taken from the following streets respectively: Manmouth near 3rd; Crn 5th & 4th; Manmouth; Seymour; 3rd near Manmouth; Ayr Road; Cnr 3rd & 7th.

We asked people on the 2017 Westdene Graffiti Tour why they love graffiti so much.

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Northcliff Melville Times spoke to visitors on the Westdene Graffiti Tour to find out what it was about the art form that they really liked. This is what some had to say …

KATHLEEN WOLMARANS:

I think that graffiti artists are the rock stars. They give their time, talent and energy. They are super talented and creative and the project has changed people in this area’s perception altogether.

BARBARA LEGER:

I like graffiti because it brings people to areas they would not usually go to. It also improves the sense of security in some areas through the graffiti, through the colour and the whole energy that comes with it.

GILL HAGGIS:

I absolutely love the colour, the quirkiness and also the surprising places graffiti appears, a wall here, around the corner there, it is like a little adventure. Also the self expression.

YVONNE SCHILLLING:

I am into graffiti because it adds value to the city. People appreciate it. I think [graffiti artists] also have a huge impact on South African communities because they keep the area around the graffiti clean because they see that someone else is trying to make it look nice.

MARCO SCHILLING:

I like graffiti because it is a way to bring art to people who cannot afford to go to art galleries normally, so it is art for everybody.

NINI ADAMIA:

I like graffiti because of the energy it brings to the areas – the colours, whatever is drawn. I also like what the artist tries to display and the different style they try to show.

GREGORY SIMPSON:

What I like about graffiti is that you can just go out and do it, there are no restrictions, there is no one telling us what to do and we just go out and paint. It’s the freedom of it. Many of us grew up in hard times, with parents not having enough money, and graffiti made us express ourselves.

MALAKA ROGERS:

I am visiting South Africa from the UK. What I love about graffiti is that it is very expressive and it is an opportunity for people to show their personality and their thoughts and also get it across to people in a positive light. It isn’t always associated with negativity and vandalism. There are commissioned artists turning rundown areas around and making it really welcoming and fresh for everyone to see.

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