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The graffiti work 'snakes' around the structure of the road flyover, Maboneng.

The graffiti work 'snakes' around the structure of the road flyover, Maboneng.

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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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... the urban fabric can physically shape a piece in a number of ways, notably through its architecture or shape, the materiality of the surface and the visibility of the space. One piece in Maboneng depicts a snake wrapped around the large columns supporting the highway flyover and is an example of the form of the structure influencing the image (Figure 2). In the work, the architecture of the flyover gave rise to the shape of the piece. ...
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... first large-scale graffiti murals in Maboneng were erected in 2012 as part of the I Art Joburg festival sponsored by Adidas (see Figures 20, 22, 26). In total, eight murals were installed, which went on to become iconic emblems for the Maboneng precinct: two works by Spanish street artist Remed, 'Betty Fox' by Falko, 'Jozy' by Kazy Usclef, six animals by Belgian-born artist ROA, classifieds by Durban artist Cameron Platter, and 'Stay Up' and 'Mama' by Steve 'ESPO' Powers and the Icy Sign Team. ...
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... relates back to the debates on the right to the city and how these rights are frequently withheld from those who are not property owners. For example, Propertuity can create a brand identity for Maboneng on the underside of a concrete flyover (Figure 2) but a tag of personal identity and expression on the same structure is illegal. ...
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... 2008, the JDA upgraded the Doornfontein train station and provided a small transport square for minibus taxis. As part of that project, seven concrete cows by the artist Andrew Lindsay were installed in the square (see Figure 29). Since then, Propertuity has commissioned or sponsored several public art pieces, mostly in the form of wall murals. ...
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... witnessed people turning their heads to look at pieces and taking photographs of and with different graffiti. Some graffiti invites engagement with the work by asking questions or leaving blank spaces for further public writing (see Figure 52). There is also evidence of significant engagement from the graffiti subculture through the tagging of earlier works. ...

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