A walk about the Maboneng Precinct in search of Street Art.

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Leaping tiger by Sonny September.

Johannesburg. – It’s become a thing, that every time I find myself anywhere near Johannesburg, I need to walk the streets of Maboneng.

My recent visit up North was no different, and with an afternoon to spare I headed to The Maboneng Precinct, seeking out street art, eating out in the sun, listening to live music, soaking up the vibrancy, chatting to strangers and visiting with the good man himself – all in the wonderful company of Danica Helfrich and Hein van Tonder.

I had first experienced Maboneng two years ago, learning of the precinct’s beginnings in art and how the area has evolved into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that smacks of optimism and a sense of urban togetherness.

Maboneng is a Sotho word that means ‘place of light, a fitting description for a district that has become a cultural oasis for Johannesburg’s up-and-coming creatives, a destination in itself and an epicentre of the Joburg inner-city renaissance.

These were the sights we saw on our walk about.

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Jan van Riebeeck by street artists Gaia and Freddy Sam, behind the landmark Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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Above piece by Ralf Ziman Afrika47 – http://rz-art.com/

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Historical icons on the corner of Fox and Kruger streets.

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By Hannelie Coetzee.

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Found these tiled murals on the pavement, love the detail.

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On one of the doors, small and powerful.

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Seen in Shot in Joburg.

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Commissioner Street is a major one-way street in the Central Business District of Johannesburg that runs from the M31 to the M1.

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I revisited the 40m mural of Nelson Mandela by street artist Ricky Lee Gordon. Based on a photograph by Bob Gosani, it was created on the weekend of Mandela’s funeral. 

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With Danica and Hein as we celebrate inner city Joburg living.

Also read: Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct. #MeetSouthAfrica

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