South African Suburb Adorned with Graffiti
Johannesburg has a large and diverse population, a vibrant arts scene, and a persistent culture of lawlessness, especially in the city’s most neglected areas. This unique combination of characteristics has transformed the city into Africa’s biggest graffiti hot spot.
Over the past decade, beautiful urban art has sprouted up all over Joburg – from the city center, to the wealthy outer suburbs, to the sprawling townships. And the world has taken notice: tourists travel to Joburg specifically to see graffiti. The city even has its own graffiti festival, the City of Gold Urban Art Festival, which attracts top artists from around the world.
Westdene, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa, is fast turning into a little heaven as graffiti artists’ playground, where the prominent artists are provided with clean walls by residents to produce their best works of art.
The area now boasts some of the most extensive collection of graffiti art in the country and the work is done under the umbrella of the Westdene Graffiti Project, a community project where residents donate their walls and the artists are given free reign regarding the concept of the art.
So far, over 50 works by significant artists have adorned the street walls of houses all over the suburb.