PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Not only is the Kwanokuthula Stadium a little brighter thanks to a local artist's talent, but the project aims to uplift and inspire surrounding communities.
Funded by the National Arts Council under its Isizwe Stimulus Programme, local artist Siyabulela Mdoda was commissioned to paint a large mural in Kwanokuthula and it was recently unveiled.
The large painting of an African elephant now stands proudly on one of the stadium's walls. The project was carried out over three weeks which included planning, consulting the local community and finally conceptualising and painting the mural.
Mdoda was first introduced to art by his uncle in King William's Town where he was born. After realising that art runs through his veins, Mdoda moved to East London where he received training in the creation of visual arts at a local art gallery.
Following his training Mdoda travelled all over South Africa attending exhibitions, arts festivals and events before he decided to move to Plettenberg Bay where he found his home in Kwanokuthula.
"Wherever I go, I leave a mark," Mdoda says. This doesn't refer only to his beautiful art pieces in a literal way. He also dreams of leaving his mark on those around him, uplifting those inspired by his work and providing opportunities to those with a passion for art. With the installation of this mural, Mdoda wants to give hope to all local artists who are inspired to become part of the arts industry.
Local aspiring artist Nyaniso Donovan Dyossop, who worked with Mdoda on this project, says he hopes similar projects will come their way.
"There are many artists in Kwano who would jump at the opportunity to showcase their craft. I am grateful I was able to showcase my skills. The mural will bring life to the walls in Kwano," Dyossop says.
Plett Tourism chief executive Patty Butterworth says there is great power in public art. "We are excited about this new addition to Kwano. Murals help bring customers to locations, they may attract new business and will more than likely boost the economy. This is hopefully the start of other creative opportunities to be showcased. Community murals and public art can transform space," she says.
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