City’s largest public art mural unveiled

Cape Town – Organisers of the city’s largest public art mural say they will continue to foster Cape Town being the art capital of Africa, after the unveiling of the mural in Harrington Street.

The artwork will, for the next 11 days, act as an extension of – and billboard for – the third International Public Art Festival, which takes place in Salt River between February 9 and 17 next year.

Belgian street artist Bart Smeets (better known as Smates) started the work last week and visitors came by to see him create the 400m² artwork.

BAZ-ART, the NGO that runs the International Public Art Festival (IPAF) collaborated with the Flanders Embassy in Pretoria, and with Flanders State-of-the-Art in Belgium, to bring Smeets to Cape Town to create the massive public artwork.

Baz-Art founder Alexandre Tilmans said they were relieved that the work was completed. “It’s a big achievement for Cape Town to have such a nice and big piece of work in the middle of town. Everything was completed in due time and according to plan, and we hope it will continue to foster Cape Town being the art capital of Africa.”

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