Spier Architectural Arts

Xolile Mtakatya's Accidental Artwork installed on Long Street

Our first Accidental Art intervention has been installed at Nando's Long Street. The entire installation process made for an exciting week of collaboration, learning and celebration of city spaces and public art.

An artwork by Xolile Mtakatya was chosen for the Long Street site – and proved a perfect fit for the busy intersection. Mtakatya's work is characterised by an urban vibrancy and vivid colour that suit both large-scale and public art formats, and this particular work - a semi-abstract oil painting – is inspired by city bustle. The Accidental Artwork also serves as a celebration of Mtakatya's long term partnership with Nando's – a success proven by the inclusion of over 200 of his artworks in the Nando's Art Collection.

The up-scaling and mural application of the work was executed by Colossal Media, hand paint specialists based in the USA. It was a privilege to collaborate with these creative experts, and the opportunity made for a fantastic learning experience for apprentices from the Spier Arts Academy. Eight First Year apprentices assisted on site, and the week ended with a skills development workshop with the entire First Year group, whereby Jason Coatney from Colossal shared his working methods and insights.

Check out the completed mural at Nando's Long Street, at the intersection of Long Street and Waterkant Street (the Fan Walk). Keep a look out for the next Accidental Art installation, which takes place in August at Nando's Kloof Street. It promises a public art intervention of an entirely different kind!

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Accidental Art is an official project of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme (#WDC522) and is currently featured on Between 10 and 5.

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