Sydney Road in Durban KwaZulu-Natal was transformed over the weekend when local artists with spray cans in hand, participated in a legal graffiti jam on 5 November.
The world's number one paint company, Dulux put its full weight behind the event and the right of artists to express themselves freely, by sponsoring participants with Dulux Duco Spray, which is known to inspire endless creativity.
Following the recent controversial graffiti arrests made in Durban, the exhibition, titled "A Load Off", aimed to "take a load off" the minds of municipal authorities and members of the police as artists weren't expressing themselves on public buildings.
The graffiti jam was staged on the premises of freight firm, F.A.T.S (Forwarding African Transport Services) where a 258m² red brick wall was set aside for the purposes of the exhibition. Divided into 11 sections, each artist was allocated their own unit to decorate in the manner they saw fit. With that said, the graffiti wall was aptly given the theme of transportation and as such the separate divisions represented one of the following subjects: trucks, aeroplanes, trains, containers, cranes, shipping and world maps.
''Jase'' was voted the best artist on the day winning a cash prize of R10 000 for his efforts. Jase received his cheque at a prize giving ceremony at F.A.T.S.
With Dulux Duco Spray used to create the graffiti wall, the result was a wall of vibrant colour. The writing is certainly on the wall that graffiti art is now set to be a permanent and colourful fixture on Sydney Road. And with Dulux Duco Spray as the artists' tools of choice, viewers of this monument to transport are sure to feel uplifted whenever they bear witness to its vibrant splash of colour and professional finish.
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