The best way to get to know a new town or city is by walking through its streets, not following a map but just walking around and getting to know the different areas of the city. While exploring “The Fringe” District of Cape Town yesterday I came across some very beautiful street art pieces and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. The Fringe is Cape Town’s Innovation District. The Fringe is based on an urban “science park” model. A science park is defined by the International Association of Science Parks as “an organisation managed by specialised professionals, whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture of innovation and the competitiveness of its associated businesses and knowledge-based institutions”.
I moved to Cape Town about 5 months ago and have settled into a tiny bachelors flat right in “The Fringe” District which is walking distance from all the main areas of Cape Town. I live just down the road from the famous Cape Castle, 15min walk from the beautiful Company Gardens and just a 30min walk to where I am working in the Cape Quarter.
For the first time in years I am actually living alone and “settling in” to my new home has taken me some time. At last I do feel at home in my flat and my new city and work and have started to explore Cape Town in more detail. I am definitely getting to know the town although I must admit that I do still get lost every now and again and sometimes it takes me quite a while to find my way back.
At the moment Cape Town is filling up with beautiful street art as part of the ‘Accidental Art’ project. The aim of the project is to draw attention to art and design by allowing the public to get involved and interact with the art in places that they live in and visit. They are ‘taking art outside’ and both known and undiscovered local artists are involved with this project.
All over the city and especially in the urban areas art is making an appearance and it is some of these art projects that I got to capture and share here with you guys. The ‘Accidental Art’ project is very three dimensional in that it looks to different mediums such as ceramic pavers and tiles, painted surfaces and graffiti-style murals to execute the artworks which can be showcased on anything from street furniture, pavements, walkways, doors and walls. It’s merely taking the concept that modern artists like Banksy are a part of by using the city’s urban structures and spaces as the gallery space and canvas. It is an exciting project that is still in its development phase but is sure to draw attention to the way in which we use the urban space in the creative sphere.