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Recognition of the commissioning of graffiti in the Maboneng precinct.

Recognition of the commissioning of graffiti in the Maboneng precinct.

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Graffiti is a controversial subject and fraught with ambiguities and contradictions. However, the recent global success of artists such as Banksy, Melbourne’s booming graffiti tourism, and the rise of the ‘creative city’ discourse, have blurred the lines between what some regard as vandalism and some as public art. As such, graffiti has increasingl...

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... Mama Africa and Nelson Mandela are well placed for visibility along the raised flyover coming down from the M2 highway. This can be seen in the Google Earth image (Figure 53) simulating the experience of drivers on the flyover. Thus, the branding and the identity of the area are announced for the public, even for those not physically in the neighbourhood. ...

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