:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa::
:: February & March 2016 - March & April 2017 ::
This gallery shows images of the three murals which were realised onto the houses during my second stay in the community of Melkhoutfontein in March-April 2017, as well as one mural painted by a volunteer group in November 2016 based on my designs, and a small addition to a mural painted by the same group at the request of the homeowner. They are presented in the order in which they were created - three side elevations of houses were painted. I should like to thank my assistants for the three murals - Jason 'Kopa' Joyo, Chris Rimell and Ariel Taverner - without all of whom I couldn't have completed everything so fast! Particular thanks to Jason who as a relative newcomer to Dreamcatcher impressed me with his quality art skills and eagerness to work the same long hours as me. The first two murals were finished in lightning speed thanks to his work.
Naturally I would also like to thank Anthea Rossouw of Dreamcatcher South Africa and Lindy Bishop of the Utopia Foundation for all of their support both before and during my stay. Finally, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Gerty & Ivan Felkers, in whose home I stayed throughout my visit - see the final mural Swift people #5 here - and whose delightful welcome and relaxed hospitality formed the bedrock upon which I was able to work and complete the work. Thank you and I miss you all.
:: THINKING STRINGS - A WALK THROUGH MELKHOUTFONTEIN::
:: February - March 2016 - Melkhoutfontein, Western Cape, South Africa ::
A short film slideshow with images taken on the final full day of my stay in the town of Melkhoutfontein, with all seven completed murals seen in their proper contexts. We start at the edge of town with the Timewalk, and as we progress through one of the main streets we see several other murals - The Eland People, various Swift People and Strandlopers - come into view. The narration is taken from my speech written for the launch event on 22nd March 2016, which many people said they found inspiring and emotional. With deep gratitude to the people of Melkhoutfontein for such a warm and welcoming time.