Baz'Art Salt River Street Art Tour
Raphael, Grant and Ibrahim's wall
Turn right at the next corner and look to your right. You’ll find another collaboration from IPAF 2017, created by Raphael, Grant and Ibrahim. Stay here for a bit while I tell you about this work.
The first part of this mural was created by Raphael Federici. This mural, placed in a muslim neighbourhood, is a mark of respect. The "sailor-like" image is the artist’s signature and is used in all his work. In this piece, the character is wearing a traditional muslim prayer dress and is raising his hands towards the sky as if in Muslim prayer. The multi-coloured skin represents the many cultures of the men and women who are in search of God. The lines tracing the surface of his skin are like fingerprints, representing the character's own identity. The image is accompanied by the phrase "Seek the kingdom above all else" which is a strong message for people in search of God.
The next work along this road is by Grant from Cape Town. Grant depicts the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival that's celebrated every year on January the 2nd since 1887. This was the only day off slaves in Cape Town would get to celebrate the new year in their own way.
Grants piece transcends into Ibrahim’s contribution "The House". Ibrahim’s mural has left quite an impression on viewers as they struggle to realise that it's actually paint. The mural depicts the homeowner’s wife and child with a monkey.
Keep going. I'll meet you at the next location.