After a sleepless 15 hour flight, we anxiously arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa for the I ART JOBURG project presented by adidas Originals and curated by /ANDPEOPLE. This month long project has brought five international and local artists to create large-scale public murals in the bustling streets surrounding the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg’s central art district. Steve “ESPO” Powers, Remed, ROA, Falko, and Cameron Platter are participating, while legendary photographer, Martha Cooper, documents the project and collaborates with each artist individually. Over the last couple of days, we have witnessed an immense amount of creative energy, effort, and talent being put into each mural. There has also been no shortage in smiles from the locals, many taking a moment in their daily commute to observe and engage with the artists.
Unfortunately, Remed was leaving as we arrived, but had left behind a number of eye-catching pieces that blended naturally into the sprawling Johannesburg landscape. All the other artists are here, soaking up the cities vibrant culture and working vigilantly to create multiple murals. Stay tuned tomorrow; we will have new daily updates from the streets of Joburg.
Photos and text by Juxtapoz editor : Austin McManus
Roa begins work on his wall with an elephant Then a rhinoceros Remed One of Remed's mural Cameron Platter Falko More Falko on a roof The roof from a distance You can't escape these posters. They are absoluetly everywhere. Espo Espo with a Remed roof in the background Mai Mai Market where “traditional healers” offer goods and services Faith 47 mural local artist Hannelie Coetzee Marth Cooper in action documenting the scene Espo's shirt "A business with no sign is a sign of no business" Joburg density