The Mural in Gordon Park is Looking Amazing so far!
The Gordon Road Park Mural is starting to take shape after artist Shaun Oakley a.k.a The Damn Vandal spent the weekend applying his graphic skills! A working man, Shaun will complete the mural next weekend and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
Shaun began work on Friday night projecting images and sketching them onto the wall and continued to paint throughout the weekend. Come and see Shaun’s signature style in action and watch as he helps the UIP rejuvenate public open space.
This small but significant project is part of the UIP’s mandate to rejuvenate Florida Rd through the management of public open space. “The main aim of the UIP is to manage public open space and make visible changes to the road via cleaning, maintenance, security servicesand special projects, and this mural
is a significant step in not only dealing with aesthetics but in taking pride and ownership of the road,” said Florida Rd precinct manager Jarrod Evans.
Shaun is a Durban graphic designer by trade and a street artist by passion and his love for Durban and Florida Rd will be expressed in his work. While Shaun has been given license to apply his creativity to the final realisation of the mural, the art work will talk to a combination of local touch points. The history of the road as central route through Durban, is a significant one, from it being a well-worn elephant track that took the animals on their daily trek for water from the top of Berea down to the Greyville Marsh (now part of Royal Durban Golf Course), to the road being the route for the first municipal tramline in South Africa, laid in 1892. The architecture and high street feel of Florida Rd will also be recognised in the mural.
In February this year, the eThekwini Municipality’s Parks department together with Metro Police and the UIP set-up the park kiosk as a joint community service office for the road. The dedicated Florida Rd Metro Police officers are currently based here and over time it is hoped that this kiosk will be used for tourist
information as well as for a dedicated UIP representative.