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Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

Cape Town out of love with street artist

An artist on a mission to beautify Cape Town's streets before the World Design Capital 2014, may fall foul of the city for flouting its graffiti by-law.

Artist Michael Elion, who recently hung crystal balls from inner city street lamps, has painted an electrical substation pink and decorated it with heart-shaped stickers.

The substation, on Roodehek Road, Gardens, is the epicentre of "Secret Love Project", a collaboration with Nigel Wood, owner of the Dog's Bollocks restaurant. Elion said it was the first part of the street to be decorated. They planned to turn all the buildings in the street into artworks, including the fringe projects that weren't officially chosen for the design capital.

However, JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, said the defacement of council property was considered an offence and would be dealt with by a court.

Also, all public art was regulated by the city's graffiti by-law and Elion would have to apply for a permit to display his artwork, said Smith.

Elion said the aim of the project was to paste a million heart-shaped vinyl stickers around the city.

Cape Argus

 
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