Daily News, 7 August 2014

Mphathi Nxumalo

Artists are brightening up 10 once-dreary electricity mini-sub-stations (MSS) in Durban’s CBD.

The initiative, called the Box Project, is the idea of Jonas Barausse of Street Scene, an events company, and Gabriella Peppas from Ilifindo, a development consulting company, who are working in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality.

The project coincides with the International Union of Architects conference taking place in the city.

The plan is to take the electrifying artwork to suburbs around Durban and local townships as part of the Adopt a Box initiative, which will give local businesses the chance to beautify their surroundings.

The warning signs on the substations will be moved from where they were previously, to the top of the box, where they will be visible to the public.

Among the artists involved in the project are Jonathan Blaine, Mookie Chapman, Joshua Harman, Tasheera Jai Jai, Dave Knudsen, Daniel Nel, Kev Ngwenya, Tyran Roy, Nkosinathi Ntshalintshali, Sean Stretch and Lalelani Mbhele.
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The colourful picture was produced by artist Shaun Oakley, and enlivens a substation on the Durban beachfront near Joe Cool’s
 
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Artwork by ‘Ewok’ Robinson on a MSS at uShaka Marine World.