WATCH | The art of digitalisation on the walls of Cape Town's Salt River

2020-02-18 16:45 - Gabi Zietsman
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There's new street art adorning the walls of Salt River's buildings - asking the hard questions about technology's impact on art and our society.

The International Public Art Festival (IPAF) - in its fourth year - has taken to Cape Town's streets again over the weekend, brightening up the city and attracting crowds of art lovers to a neighbourhood once considered 'dangerous'. 

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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Artists from around the world are invited to put their individual stamp on the buildings - in consultation with the owners of course - and this year's theme was digitalisation. 

The power of social media, the idea of identity in a digital age and what it might hold for future generations are some of the many themes on display.

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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

The festival was founded by Baz-Art, an organisation set on transforming the city's urban spaces into something beautiful and functional - bringing people out of their homes to take back their streets. 

They focus primarily on mural art, providing education and opportunities to up-and-coming artists by exposing them to the international community and commissioned work. 

While the festival is over, the art will live on in perpetuity - or until a wall falls down - and you can either go exploring through the streets or book a guided tour with Baz-Art. You'll also wander past previous festivals' artwork constructed around previous themes. 

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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

See below for a map of the artwork:

google map of street art in salt river

(Image: IPAF/Google Maps)

360 tour

But if you can't make it to Cape Town to see it in real life, you can also check out their 360 virtual street art tour - staying true to the notion of digitalising the industry.

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