|Woodstock (Table Mountain and Devil's Peak in the background)|
Cape Town is a sprawling city, containing many ‘suburbs’ that used to be small towns in themselves. Woodstock is one such suburb, about 1 kilometer from the city centre (or ‘town’ as it is called here’).
My introduction to Cape Town two years ago was in Woodstock. This is where I lived and volunteered for a month and a half on my first visit to the city. Woodstock continues to draw me back – I find myself coming back to this area often.
It is a fascinating and intense space:
Van taxis swerve and squeal through traffic while the conductors shout their destinations.
Vendors line the streets selling their wares.
Funky cafes, art galleries and antique shops abound.
Devils Peak provides a stunning background to the myriad side streets adorned with brightly painted houses.
Pigeons and the occasional scroungy dog pick through the mounds of trash.
Circles of barbed wire line virtually every fence.
Woodstock has a unique history as one of the areas that remained integrated during apartheid, escaping the forced removals that saw its neighbouring suburb; the once vibrant District 6 bulldozed and classified a ‘white only’ area. Today it continues to be a diverse space.
|Elaine was a resident of the former District 6. She was forcibly removed during apartheid and moved to Woodstock years ago to be close to where she grew up.|
Cape Town has been selected by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) as the World Design Capital for 2014 (the last two awards were giving to Helsinki and Seoul). The objective of the award is to recognize and showcase cities that are dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development.
Woodstock really stands out to me in this regard, using design for social, cultural and economic ends.
Although it is a microcosm of the inequality present throughout South Africa, I believe that this place has something really special. It is full of beautiful and uplifting street art and crammed with visuals of hope, vibrance and beauty.
The graffiti is a combination of esthetics, inspiration, politics and poetry.
Here are some offerings from today’s stroll through Woodstock with a camera...
|You've Got the Whole World in Your Hands|
|Part 1 - Evolution (?)|
|Part 2 - Evolution (?)|
|Part 3 - Evolution (?)|