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ICYMI: Durban Street Artists Honours Springbok World Cup Win

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The artists were inspired to continue the gees and spirit from the day. 

Four Durban street-artists have given the Springboks the ultimate seal of approval for their triumphant victory at the Rugby World Cup 2019. 

A mural has been painted featuring Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, the Webb Ellis Trophy as well as the South African flag, on a wall in Problem Mkhize Road, formerly known as Cowey Road. 

The making of the mural 

The artists: EwokesSAyMook LionDane Stops, and Giffy Duminy got together after a chat on their WhatsApp group. 

EwokesSAy, whose real name Iain Robinson, told Dispatch Live: “Everybody was ridiculously excited after the win on Saturday, for many reasons. 

On my way to work, I was just so amped to get something up. So, I put the word out to a group of artists on a WhatsApp group. I basically asked, ‘Hands up, who’s down to paint a tribute? 

“And we have that wall. That wall is almost an institution itself. It is the wall of photographer Val Adamson and she has let us use it since 2006 to paint art and murals.” 

The WhatsApp conversation led to the conceptualization of the mural and the artists came up with a basic concept after about 20 minutes. 

They arrived at the location at 9 am on Sunday. 

A continuation of the gees 

“It was incredible and there was a vibe. As soon as people see a mural going up, they start to take an interest in it. It was a continuation of the gees and spirit from the day before. It was 10 am and people were hooting, giving us thumbs up and cheering us on,” said Robinson. 

The artists were “pretty much done and dusted by 2 pm,” he said. 

“It was finished and immediately it just started to appear everywhere. 

“For us, all we wanted to do was keep the fire burning – the phenomenal fire that the whole country felt from Saturday, that dream-like state. 

“We wanted to extend that. We wanted to make sure there was a mural up for Monday morning traffic. We wanted to make sure that people kept the vibe going as long as possible.” 

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