One think I love about running (yes I know I have said this many times) is seeing the world around me. I run back-roads that I don’t usually travel in my car, and I have so much more time to see that world around me.
Today I am going to share you a collection of photos I have built up of some of the walls in Muizenberg. Every photo was taken on a run going through the Muizenberg community. Walls can be so boring, so if you have to have high walls, the community in Muizenberg have found ways to make them more interesting.
This bird is literally flying out of the spray can. And I love the way the artist was using graffiti to paint graffiti and end up with a beautiful piece of art.
Here is a somewhat glued-together origami bird.
And just around the corner of the origami bird is…another origami bird.
Funky music happening here.
Praying mantis on a Protea (the Protea is the national flower of South Africa).
This last wall reminds me of MC Escher’s etchings, and you can see that painter has left his phone number if you want to give him a shout.
I saw this graffiti on the pavement on a recent run. I like this kind of impromptu transient urban art, and of course the uplifting messages.
You are beautiful!
You are loved!
When we visited the harvest festival we came across this lady playing with a chainsaw. She was making wooden works of art – but using a chainsaw as her sculpting tool. It was astonishing to watch how quickly she made these small and detailed little animals. It probably took her about 10 minutes to make an animal.
Little wooden rabbits
I think we should see if she could make us a guide dog!
Don’t you love this amazing artwork I saw in one of the houses in Muizenberg – one of the benefits of running is how you see the world around you!
Butterflies and a big heart are the perfect way to end off the year…
I met Sanea today on my traditional New Years Eve morning run to Kalk Bay. She was busy creating this amazing urban art using the outside wall of Olympia bakery as her canvas, and tiny-little paper butterflies as her ink.
It turns out that she offers free yoga classes to children at no cost, and uses her art to raise funds to cover the costs. I think that any form of exercise for children is good (and for adults); especially something like yoga that trains both the body and the mind, strengthening us and teaching us self-awareness.
Her butterflies have been known to land all over the place, so keep looking out for them. Below is her flyer, and you can find out more about her project on Facebook.
ps: the Snapscan link should work online if you scan it…