This mural is painted on a utility building on an open lot on the Corner of Kellner Street & 1st Ave in Westdene, Bloemfontein.
This mural speaks to the theme of provincial and national symbols which are important for people of Bloemfontein. Giraffes have long been associated with Bloemfontein as the giraffes living on Naval Hill have become something of a mascot for the city. Commenting on the current state of poor service delivery in Bloemfontein, the mural shows four giraffes, each inside a rubbish bin, and ultimately aims to remind the viewer that the essential beauty of the city is not something that ought to be discarded easily. Whatever allure Bloemfontein had, has long been undermined by a lack of service delivery by the local municipality. Ugly scenes of trash accumulating in the streets, potholes everywhere and raw sewerage flowing down gutters have become a regular occurrence. It seems like this is the new normal. As the saying goes: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”, in the same way, what is precious about this city shouldn’t be left unkempt.
In May this year, Mangaung was shut down for two days due to service delivery protests. The concept and mural design was made by Marius Jansen Van Vuuren (@mariusjvvuurenartist). This mural was painted by Marius Jansen Van Vuuren and Junior Mentz (@juniormentz).
The Presidency and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in partnership with Oliewenhuis Art Museum recruited young people involved in the creative arts sector to participate in the Free State Public Arts Programme as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Program. The Programme consists of creating art murals at selected community sites around the Free State to raise awareness on social ills such as Gender Based Violence, Covid-19 and National Symbols.