He is a Zim graffiti artist who also doubles as a poet, beat boxer among other cool things, check out his blog here http://wirecar5.tumblr.com/ and stay inspired 🙂
As you probably know by now, we love public art, particularly the type that makes us think and give inspiration. The story goes, Candy Chang, a New Orleans artist and the founder of this movement lost someone she loved and went through a deep period of mourning. When she finally recovered, she still could not shake the idea that people take so much for granted and often forget what matters most to them, so she decided to make a monument to help her and the people around her remember every day.
She decided to paint the side of an old house in her neighbourhood with chalk board paint and wrote “Before I die”, hoping that strangers passing by would come along and fill in the blanks. Of course by the following day the wall was full of heart-warming and sometimes funny stories, the idea grew viral and soon enough people were asking for permission to make their own “Before I Die” walls. Over 500 have been made world-wide, including the one pictured above, in Johannesburg South Africa.
watch her TED talk here, http://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to
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“I would like to be remembered as a writer who had no fear for words and who had an intense love for her nation.”
“Time is as necessary for remembering as it is for forgetting. Even the smallest embrace of pain needs time larger than a pause; the greatest pause requires an eternity, the greatest hurt a lifetime. A lifetime is longer than eternity; an eternity can exist without human presence.”
Yvonne Vera (1964-2005) one of Zim’s most esteemed writers, nominated for the commonwealth writers prize 1994, and her book Butterfly Burning was chosen as one of the best 100 books of the 20th century in 2002 by the German Literature Prize.
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If you haven’t yet visited, the national art gallery in Harare is a surprisingly cool hang out. The space is big and adorned with enough beautiful paintings and sculptors to reinforce your faith in Zimbabwe’s arts industries. There is a small but affordable café in the venue and if you are lucky you are bound to run into a few renowned creative who may be willing to engage you in a bit of good, intellectual chit chat considering that the gallery receives over a thousand visitors a month.
Drop by for the art and to learn a thing or two about the upcoming artists who attend the National Art Gallery School of Visual Art and Design who occasionally exhibit there.