Baz'Art Salt River Street Art Tour
The pangolin by ROA
Are you facing the large black and white painting over the road from Beth Uriel? Stay here while I tell you about it. This is ROA's huge Pangolin mural. ROA is from Ghent, Belgium and has created works on the streets of cities across the world.
ROA is renowned for his awe-inspiring black and white paintings of wildlife. His signature style often features creatures in black and white that are subject to extinction and exploitation, are endangered and are native to the location where the mural is found.
His piece for the IPAF festival was a South African “Cape Pangolin” also known as an “Ant eater” which is a mammal with an armour of imbricate brown scales. It's normally found in Savannah Woodlands and is reportedly the most trafficked animal in the world.
We're going to get going now. So with Beth Uriel on your left, start walking along the pavement, past the small park. I'll meet you at the next corner and I'll tell you a bit more about Pangolins along the way.
Pangolins are exploited for their skin which is used as leather for boots, bags and other high fashion accessories. Their scales are in high demand in countries like China and Vietnam and also across Africa. Its meat too is considered a delicacy in some areas and an aphrodisiac in others.
Not many people are aware of the existence of Pangolins in South Africa, which makes ROA’s role crucial for the safeguarding of this animal nearing extinction. Their nocturnal, underground nature makes it hard to account for how many we still have to protect.
While you walk, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.