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October 20, 2011

Cape Town street art – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Tagging, spray painting, drawings, graffiti ... whatever you may call it, you can't have missed these artworks in the city.

Wikipedia says the following: “Woodstock (formerly known as Papendorp) is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located between the docks of Table Bay and the lower slopes of Devil's Peak, about 1km east of the city centre of Cape Town.”

The Biscuit Mill Market, Upper East Side, the Bromwell Boutique Mall and many galleries, and awesome delis, from the Kitchen to Superette and the Deli. If you haven’t visited any of these places, maybe it’s time for a Saturday morning outing.

I’ve been working in Woodstock for the past five years. It has changed a lot in that time. It is such an interesting place, a real melting pot of cultures, as well as history. It has become very trendy, and once you get to know it, you have to love it ...

The one thing that has been here since I got to know the place, even before all the trendy people moved in, is graffiti. I’ve always thought that it was cool, but never appreciated how awesome it really is.

I can’t take credit for any these photos. Woodstock is used by many talented graffiti artists as a canvas for their awesome street art. I often discover new graffiti while using back streets to avoid rush-hour traffic. Many different styles, all very distinctive.

The graffiti seen here is by Faith, Boa Mistura, two by Freddy Sam and also another artist, unknown to me.

Here is a very cool time-lapse video documenting the creation of one of these:


Do you have images of Cape Town you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group!

Images © Quantum Theory

Check out our Top Five Street Art Spots for more information on this form of artistic expression.

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