Street art extravaganza

Last month, we brought you the top 5 galleries in Jozi. This month, we’re switching it up and scoping Jozi’s emerging culture of street art.

Join us on a downtown tour of Joburg to witness the transformation of mundane cityscapes into inspiring canvasses of street art, brought to you by the brand who always looks for a refreshing take on the familiar.

From bland building facades to epic murals. Check out how world-famous graffiti artists have applied their creativity to concrete.

So next time your imagination is sitting at 1% battery power, take to the streets!

FIRST STOP: BRAAMFONTEIN

Picture this: Once a dull suburb filled with grey skyscrapers and bumper-to-bumper traffic…

The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”.

Today, Braamfontein is famous for its restaurants and bars. However, when you venture beyond the famous De Beer Street, you’ll discover that Braamies is also a treasure trove of neon-bright street art. 

Did you know? Legendary American street artist, Shepard Fairey completed the towering Nelson Mandela mural. FYI: He’s the artist behind the iconic 2008 Barrack Obama “Hope” poster.

Keen to learn more about African graffiti and street art? Bookmark this essential website.

Streets to peek -> Smit Street + Queen Elizabeth

SECOND STOP: NEWTOWN

Picture this: Originally known as “Brickfields”, Newtown was once the trading hub of the city filled with forgotten relics of the past… 

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Today, Newtown is on the rise with Newtown Junction and Work Shop New Town rejuvenating the area. But beyond the mall and the Market Theatre, hidden beneath the freeway, exists an explosion of larger-than-life street art stretching 500 meters towards the historic Mary Fitzgerald Square. 

Psst! Keep your eyes on the lookout for Shepard Fairey’s famous OBEY artwork.

Did you know? The OBEY artwork was inspired by Shepard Fairey’s 1989 Andre the Giant Has a Posse street art campaign.

Keen for a private tour with a graffiti expert? Cop this downloadable audio tour of Newtown with Bias.

Streets to peek -> Lilian Ngoyi Street

LAST STOP: MABONENG

Picture this: Once a nondescript area on the east side of the city in between the CBD and Jeppestown…

The world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Today, anyone who’s been to Maboneng will know that this list would be incomplete without a S/O to the “Place of Light”. Grab a decadent Diddle Daddle milkshake at Cocobel and explore the streets with your fully charged camera in hand.

Did you know? In 2012, nomadic muralist ROA completed the massive mural of six wild animals stacked on top of one another on a building located on the corner of Error and Sivewright Streets.

Keen to take a weekend graffiti tour? Book your spot with Past Experiences on 23 October here.

Streets to peek -> Fox Street + Albrecht Street