Street artist Chad Hanning paints animated visuals on once-bland walls. The cartoon figures he creates depict many different feelings and offer commentary on South African politics.
Hanning’s creative pursuit is a brave one because in 2010, the City of Cape Town passed a by-law declaring the presence of graffiti anywhere within its formal jurisdiction a public nuisance. But Hanning believes these bland backgrounds don't properly represent our vivid rainbow nation. Painting under the name of Bushywopp, he’s determined to solidify the importance of street art.
He was inspired by the graffiti he would see when he was on the bus ride going to school. They represented people’s everyday experiences. Now, he’s continuing this legacy of taking art out of inaccessible galleries and placing them in the community’s eye.
His art carries messages that he believes are of social importance. By recognising graffiti as a legitimate art form, these ideas can positively impact more communities. One project in particular drives this point home.
At the centre of Kensington, dual-toned, shaded graffiti letters declare, “STOP THE CRIME!” Painted last year, Hanning’s artistic collaboration with Interfer remains untouched and untagged to this day. Hanning claims the artwork was respected by everyone.
Through his spray can, Hanning is changing perceptions of street art and its community benefits.
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