A GARDEN WALL IN MASIPHUMELELE

I was in Masiphumelele on Sunday.

Everyone knows that Masi is famous for its gardens. But do they mention the garden walls?

This patterned wall hit a high note for me. I purr when I see how colours work on such basic plastering.

Masi was once an informal settlement near Kommetjie in the deep south. Now it’s much less informal. The people of Masi are building big walls around their (double storey, often) places and painting them with feeling.

Ok, that’s decided. I’m going to Masi again this Sunday. If that truck moves off the pavement I’ll shoot all 12 metres of this pattern magic. Hopefully the artist will be in residence too.

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