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Larger-than-life mural pays tribute to South Africa’s Bokke

The Springbok mural, the largest yet in Bellville, is a testament to the power of public art to inspire and uplift.

A colossal mural of the Springboks was unveiled on the Park Central Lifestyle building along Blanckenberg Street, Bellville, as part of the City of Cape Town’s better. bellville. together. initiative. This larger-than-life artwork of our rugby heroes marks a significant moment not only for the local community but for the entire nation – a symbol of unity and pride that highlights the profound importance of the Springboks in South Africa, particularly following their 2023 triumph at the World Cup.

The better. bellville. together. initiative is a city-funded placemaking initiative, which launched in February 2023, and is proving to be a successful catalyst for economic growth in the Bellville CBD. Rooted in the belief that public art is a dynamic force for cultural expression, community engagement, and economic development, the initiative aims to revitalise the region, making it cleaner, and safer for those who live, work, learn and visit Bellville.

Left to Right: Alderman James Vos, George Comitis – Building Owner, Warren Hewitt – GTP CEO, INFRONT: Left Alex Jongens – Project Manager and Right Diana Tinkerbell, mural artist #SpringbokMuralBellville #betterbellvilletogethe

The initiative has made remarkable strides over the past year, but none as breathtaking as the Springbok mural. “The Bokke holds a special place in the hearts of our community,” says Alex Jongens, the project lead for better. bellville. together.

“This mural serves as a vibrant symbol of our collective pride and unity, honouring the legacy of the Springboks and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone. Let’s come together to witness the power of art to unite and inspire.”

Bokke on Blanckenberg

The Springbok mural, the largest yet in Bellville, is a testament to the power of public art to inspire and uplift. The local community are greeted by an awe-inspiring display that encapsulates the pride, resilience, and unity of South Africans, and the mural not only celebrates the sporting prowess of the Springbok legends but also pays homage to Bellville’s identity, intertwining with the fabric of the local community.

For Diana Tinkerbell, the visionary artist behind the mural, this project represents a profound connection to the community. “Creating this mural has been an incredible journey,” she says. “It’s more than just paint on a wall; it’s a dialogue with the people, a reflection of our shared values and aspirations.”

The grand unveiling marks a historic moment for Bellville, celebrating its rich spirit and boundless creativity. George Comitis from Park Central Lifestyle, the building owner, emphasises the importance of conveying meaningful messages through art. “Each mural tells a story, capturing the essence of South Africa’s diverse culture and heritage,” he explains. “We are proud to be part of the vibrant tapestry of Bellville’s landscape.”

Snap a pic with the Bokke

Residents, business owners, and visitors to Bellville are encouraged to be a part of the excitement by posting their photos of the mural on social media using #springbokmuralbellville and #betterbellvilletogether.

Together, we can transform our city into a canvas of dreams!

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