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Art reflects life and public art is rooted in a freedom that allows it’s reflection of life to be unrestricted. The rise of public art is not the fall of gallery art. As the world’s cities begin to shape the identities of people more than boarders; the blank walls of urban spaces speak to the spirit each city nurtures. The memories of a place’s inhabitants and the aspirations embedded in the artist’s imagination. While gallery art draws it’s audience into the artists world, public art is the result of an artist drawn into the spaces that define how the public interacts with it’s city.

As the beginning of a three part series that looks into the public art of Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban we travel to Newtown in inner city Jozi. This series is not a definitive guide to public art but rather an exploration into glimpses out of our train on the way to work, or fleeting moments as a building catches our eye from the car seat on the highway.  The magic, the intensity and the fact that there is no way to know if the same wall will look the same tomorrow.

 New Town Art

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Words by Anade Situma | Images by Jazz Christie