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Graffiti Walk in Woodstock during Covid 19

On one of my morning walks during lock down in the Western Cape I came across a feast of graffiti in Woodstock and Salt River. I have always been fascinated by graffiti on walls and for the most part saw it as unlawfulness and an irritation. I found that the earliest bubble and triangular graffiti wasn’t very exciting or attractive, and seemed to degrade an area.
These day I find myself taking quite a different view. The graffiti artists have come a long way and are producing some wonderful art which is transforming the dreariness of buildings and even homes. I love turning a corner in a street and finding to my surprise a wonderful piece of art inviting me into its world of imagination or telling me something of the history and struggles of the people. You will find that in Woodstock and Salt River. Graffiti art is the urban version of land art, another compelling love of mine.
I am reminded of the words of William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
From the Everlasting Gospel 1888
It was a wonderful morning’s walk during one of those depressing Covid 19 days when one had had enough of isolation and needed something to raise my spirit. Thank you to the artists of these painting.

Soul Food
This week’s poem is by Margie Weir-Cairns.
Margie writes: I recorded the reading in Cecilia Forest sitting on a rock overlooking False Bay with the sea beckoning. First attempt by memory! Margie worked as a spiritual companion at the Centre for Christian Spirituality for 12 years. She practices Centering Prayer and is actively involved with Contemplative Outreach.

Sea Fever

A story by Dorian Haarhoff, poet, writer of childrens’ stories, and writing mentor.

Rumi Quote
The way of Love is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation’.
Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall and falling,
they’re given wings.
A photograph by John Donald

Flycatcher


In other areas of Woodstock the graffiti acknowledges the poverty and struggles of people and the culture of its peoples, as in the following paintings.

The Inner Voice of Sound – Opera Singer, Sarita Stern

PART ONE A few weeks ago I was part of a team of two who interviewed Sarita Stern, the well-known South African opera singer and teacher of opera singers at her book launch, in Cape Town. I was there to help bring out for the audience the significant part that Christian faith had played and …

A Day of Remembrance for a young man – on Kloof Corner – Table Mountain

Christian Rohrer was a young student at Diocesan College School, Rondebosch, Cape Town, also known as Bishops, who suffered an aggressive cancer in his final years at the College. In his matric year he was elected and chosen as Headboy of the school. He was academically astute and an all-round sportsman, who was very much …

The Story of Old Ben, the Bear

There is a story in the Gospel according to St Luke 2: 41f of the boy Jesus in the temple. He is 12 years old and had journeyed with his parents for the Passover festival in Jerusalem. When they return after the festival the parents realise that the boy Jesus was not in the company …

5 comments on “Graffiti Walk in Woodstock during Covid 19

  1. madendorff says:

    Hi Bob – Wonderful collection (photo-essay?). Thanks for lifting our spirits!

    Stay safe!

    Mike

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  2. veebeecouture says:

    This is beautiful 🙂 thank you so much for sharing this!

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  3. Superb. Thank you so much for the photographs and so much more you give us all Bob. May you continue for many many years. I thoroughly enjoy your articles

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  4. What a feast, thank you. One of my favourites is the man with the leafy beard on the blue building.
    Mel

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  5. Moira Schmitz says:

    Thank you Bob, for an eye-opening trip through woodstock. So many talented people.

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