Street art has previously been an act of rebellion but has since become a celebration of creatives and an artistic medium for social progress. Converse has launched a campaign in cities across the globe, including South Africa, painting sustainable murals and bringing new meaning to street art.
Members of the global Converse All Stars community of creatives have partnered with Converse to paint murals in cities across the world usingKNOxOUT paint, which uses sunlight to reduce noxious air pollutants, purifying the surrounding air. The street art campaign, which first launched globally in August 2019, has been dubbed “Converse City Forests” and is a celebration of creating together for social progress.
Here in South Africa and in the spirit of Heritage month, the mural is located on Commissioner Street, Maboneng. Seth Pimentel, the artist responsible for producing the mural, further reflects on what inspired his design: “I wanted to comment on our collective beauty and energy through our heritage highlight our distinct nature of community, Love, Strength, Connection. Celebrating our individual cultures, languages, ethnicities, but our collective love for ourselves and our land. Tangibility. Touch. Connection.
The mental, physical and spiritual connection.”
As cities reopen and recover, the hope is that these murals can be a bright spot: provoking dialogue on the role art plays in our daily lives and on the streets, and reflecting a more sustainable and equitable future through the messages from local young creatives.