Art54 project turns seaside promenade into open-air art gallery

The seaside promenade of Cape Town’s Sea Point suburb has become a hub for public art.

The 11-kilometre stretch of promenade running along Sea Point, the seaside suburb just outside Cape Town’s city centre, has always been a popular sunset hangout for joggers, cyclists and families, where children can clamber on the open-air jungle gyms.

It has also become a bit of an open-air art gallery, with public art pieces dotting the promenade.

This is due to a collaboration between the City of Cape Town, the local municipality and artists, who formed a collective called Art54 that has resulted in sculptures, paintings and photographic installations being displayed along the walkway.

A tour of the art along the Sea Point promenade should start near the playground area, walking towards the well signposted Rocklands Beach, where a local painter has transformed the concrete walls of public buildings into a gorgeous Rothko-like mural. Roughly a kilometre further down the Sea Point promenade, the Soft Walls photographic exhibition gives an intimate glimpse into the lives of refugees and migrants to South Africa. And in between these two artworks is the Rhino sculpture, which makes smart use of space to draw attention to the disappearance and slaughter of these endangered animals.

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