ABOVE | Township project with children in South Africa

April 04 2013 . 07:13pm

While in Cape Town, South Africa last year I initiated an art project in the township of Lavender Hill, involving the community and especially the children of the area in the process. The word UBUNTU is a southern African ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other.
Having painted in this impoverished township weeks prior, I quickly noticed how interested the children were with making art. Their township had an overwhelming number is discarded tires littered all over their property. A few weeks later, I conceptualized a fun project involving the communities children and re-appropriating the hundreds of tires, to make a colorful totem pole. The enthusiasm and smiles of the children touched me deeply! I was honored to introduce them to painting, as many of them have never held a brush or painted before.

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Know Hope in South Africa

January 15 2013 . 10:26pm

One of our favorites, KNOW HOPE.

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ABOVE | BLOOD DIAMOND

April 11 2012 . 12:49am

Africa has had a devastating history of blood diamond wars. Blood diamond refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and then sold to finance an invading army’s war efforts, usually in Africa where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.

This site specific social / political word play was painted on the exterior wall of Johannesburg’s largest diamond trader Jewel City.

Jewel City is a six-block mega-precinct that serves as a base for some 300 diamond traders as well as South Africa’s Diamond Board and State Traders Association.

Jewel City is the largest diamond exporter in the southern hemisphere with over R7-Billion worth of Diamonds being exported every year.

I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” on the exterior of their building. The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed.

The next day I had started painting but what the owners didn’t know is that I lied to them and was hijacking their wall. Like any premeditated robbery, situations are not what they seem and shit can flip from best friends to worst enemies in a few moments.

I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega center they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play about the diamond trade and how it’s fueled so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man’s worst enemies.

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