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Disclaimer: reading this post might change your mind about eating bacon. We cannot be held responsible for pulling on your heart strings and turning you into a vegetarian.

2019 is the Year of The Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. It’s the perfect timing for a hog artist to flourish! Pigcasso is one of a kind, the only painting pig in the world. And she lives close to Cape Town, in Franschhoek.

Till the 24th of March 2019 you can view her works at the V & A Waterfront, Noble Square.

Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover

Pigcasso Pig Artist 2 Portrait

Pigcasso was destined to fulfil the purpose that the world had placed on her kind. She was rescued from a slaughterhouse in May 2016 by Joanne Lefson. And it seems that the universe had greater plans in store for her than mere tasty bacon.

She became the most famous inhabitant of Farm Sanctuary SA. The other founding member, is Baloo, a cow with good musical taste – Elvis is his favourite. The sanctuary was opened in 2016 on World Farm Animal Day (2 October). It lies in the Franschhoek Valley, in the Western Cape.

Joanne is passionate about farm animals. This noble project aims to offer visitors a chance of creating a unique connection with the animals. Farm Sanctuary SA wants to change the way society treats farm animals.

Pigcasso: An Unlikely Ambassador

It’s one thing to hear a person tell you about the unsavoury conditions of industrialised animal farming. You can also fall into the Google abyss, discovering more and more facts about it. But meeting one of the afflicted animals, is a whole different story.

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In walks Pigcasso (well, in she waddles) She’s on a mission to paint a picture as an ambassador for the rescued farm animals and all the other unrescued ones. Her paintings are true originals, signed with her nose-tip. There are limited prints available of each masterpiece and they include a certificate of authenticity. You can also request a private commission from the four-footed artist. Each print sold helps to fund the Farm Sanctuary SA mission.

Artistic Talent Hidden in an Ordinary Pig

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IT’S FINALLY HERE! Tick tock, tick tock…

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After rescuing Pigcasso and giving her a new home, Joanne discovered that this was no ordinary little piggy. Pigcasso was interested in the paint brushes she found lying about in the barn she now called home. Instead of just finding this amusing and not thinking much about it, Joanne decided to offer the curious piggy some guidance. And so Pigcasso’s artistic career was born.

In 2018 Pigcasso created a stir internationally by becoming the first non-human artist to have her own art exhibition. It was also hosted in the Waterfront, with the tongue in cheek name of “OINK”. Her masterpieces ranged from R6 700 to R53 500.

Up to now Pigcasso has sold nearly R2million worth of artworks, snatched up by internationally acclaimed art collectors. And to think, she would have been sold off for just a few kilograms of bacon…

From Strength to Strength

What makes Pigcasso’s unique abstract expressionist artworks so special, is to realise that they are not tweaked by Joanne, she simply provides the talented piggy with the canvas and the tools to express herself. Each artwork receives the inky snout seal of approval when Pigcasso decides her artwork is complete.

SWATCH commissioned Pigcasso to create a limited edition of special watches. Unfortunately, they are already all sold out. The watches sold for roughly R1 700 ($125). There were only 2019 watches available, to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig. Each watch included a print of one of Pigcasso’s original artworks, with a certificate of authenticity. Click here to view the watch.

The 750 kilo unlikely artist became the first African, and the first non-human artist, to design a watch for SWATCH International. Needless to say, Joanne is very proud of her protégée. She uses this as a chance to again make people aware of how intelligent pigs are. They are not just good breakfast companions.

Do You Want to Visit Pigcasso the Hog Hero

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We warn you again, you might turn into a vegetarian after reading this post, and even more so if you visit the Farm Sanctuary SA in Franschhoek. The farm’s picturesque setting is inspiring and relaxing, a perfect spot for the rescued farm animals to live a peaceful life, awaiting your visit.

Pigcasso has a permanent OINK Gallery space on the farm. And if you’re lucky, you can interact with the artist herself. But visits are by appointment only, entrance is free of charge. You can also book a stay in the ‘Pigcasso’s Quarters’ loft bedroom suite, at R1 800 per night. All the proceeds go towards the Farm Sanctuary SA mission to spread more awareness of the plight of farm animals.

Visit pigcasso.org  or farmsanctuarysa.org for more information
Follow @pigcassohoghero on Instagram.

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Nelson Mandela Street Art Festival Salt River Woodstock

The cityscape of Cape Town has been becoming increasingly arty over the last couple of years. Legal graffiti has become a unique artistic expression, as well as a tongue in the cheek social commentary tool. Street art is a mixture of artistic expression, a bit of rebellion and mixed together with these, inspiration for change in communities.

Baz-Art is a non-profit organisation which strives to empower local street artists, enabling them to transform their communities. They collaborate with local and international organisations to create an educational and creative environment for the artists.

The Yearly International Public Art Festival

IPAF was established to offer artists a platform for creative expression, through both street and fine art. Alexandre Tilmans is the mastermind behind the concept. His aim with the festival is to showcase the diversity and style of South African public artists. It offers a way for the public to learn more about the history and creative processes of the artists. He has created an artistic platform to commission city murals and billboards.

Street Art festival Salt River

The festival exposes South African artists at both a local and international level. These public artworks are legal and festival goers can feel part of the creative process while watching the live creation of the murals. Plus, guided street art tours are also hosted.

This year 14 street artists will be participating in the festival, both locals and international artists. Artists from South Africa, America, Mexico, Germany, and Spain will be collaborating to create more spectacular murals for the city. It’s the third year the festival is hosted in Cape Town.

Entrance to the festival is free. During the live painting sessions, you can interact with the artists and socialise with like-minded people attending the festival. Baz-Art wants to create opportunities for the community to collaborate and possibly contribute to the reviving of public spaces with professional street art murals.

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Artist Line Up

International Artists: Aïda Gómez (Spain) | Bona Berlin (Germany) | Aleksandro Reis (Brazil) | Said Dokins (Mexico) | Kipper Millsap (USA)

South African Artists: Justin Nomad | Mernette Swart | Bongani Mahlathi | Ryan Allan| Shinji Akhirah | Wots | Seth Pimentel | Mister Bzar | | Urbankhoi

The 2019 festival theme is “Generation Next: Educate, Collaborate, Empower”. It places a renewed focus on the importance of the responsibility of successive generations to contribute to a better world for everyone.

Guided Street Art Tour

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Have you heard about our Street Art Tour through #saltrive yet?! • We offer a unique cultural experience in cape Town based on the buzzing and growing popularity of street art. • Book now via email: hello@ipafest.co.za • What to expect? • You can not only expect visual delight but also to be taken on a journey of interpretation and deep meaning behind each piece as well as an immersion into the unique cultural history of the Salt River and Cape Malay community. • A guide will pick up visitors from the El Greeyo Coffee in Salt River at the time of their choice from 8:00am to 4:00pm. • This street art tour of two hours will be run by a trained local tour guide who is knowledgeable on the art displayed as well as the history of the Salt River area. • • • • • #capetowntourism #responsibletourism #capetownbest #southafrica #saltriver #ipaf2019 #streetartnews #streetartcapetown #streetarttoday #bazart #mural #capemalay

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A street art tour in Cape Town is a unique cultural experience. The Mother City is accepting street art more and more. The art has almost-magical powers of reviving a neighbourhood. Salt River and Woodstock has the largest concentration of street art in the city.

The tour you will offer you more insight into the cultural history of the area and the Cape Malay community, as well as the deeper meaning behind each artwork. It’s an immersive tour that will leave you with a greater appreciation of this art form. A knowledgeable trained local tour guide presents the tour and a two hour long tour costs R650 per person.

Visit ipafest.co.za for more information and to book your guided street art tour.
Follow them on Instagram @bazart_ngo

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Photo taken at: 106 Longmarket Street, Central Business District, Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: Another amazing piece of #streetart by @brianrolfeart in the heart of #capetown. This time a portrait of #nelsonmandela. Do you know where to find this piece in the #cityofcapetown ?

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This iconic masterpiece can be found in one of Cape Town’s oldest streets, Longmarket Street located in the Central Business District (CBD). Longmarket is a quaint street featuring diverse culture, Victorian buildings, thrifty marketplaces, restaurants, bars and other hangout places. Being one of Cape Town’s gems, the Longmarket Street is visited by both locals and tourists alike.

Among the highlights of Longmarket Street are fascinating street arts depicting diverse issues from wildlife conservation to human rights.  This specific phenomenal artwork of Brian Rolfe is in honor of the symbolic leader of the anti-apartheid movement and former President, Nelson Mandela. Brian Rolfe is a visual artist based in Cape Town, known for his exceptional artworks.

This work of art will always remind the people of Cape Town of Mandela’s contribution to the radical change of the country. Nelson Mandela is South Africa’s icon of democracy and social justice. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner who stood up to those who sought to oppress others. Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and the first president to be elected in a Democratic manner. Guided by the principles of equality, justice, fairness, and peace for all, he negotiated the end of Apartheid in the country which brought peace to a racially divided country. He formed a multi-ethnic government to oversee the country’s transition. He also led the fight for human rights around the world.

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Photo taken at: Longmarket Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: Capturing a little bit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s personality. Another #streetart masterpiece by @brianrolfeart in the heart of #capetown . Do you know where to find this piece in the #cityofcapetown?

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Longmarket Street is a unique street in Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD) which runs the full width of the City Bowl, from the Bo Kaap to District Six. It is also one of the oldest streets in Cape Town and is home to some of the oldest buildings, holding a great position in the history of the city. Besides its rich history, Longmarket Street exhibits a diversified culture and attracts tourists from all over the world, making it one of Cape Town’s major attractions.

Besides the Victorian buildings, thrifty marketplaces and great hangout spots, the street also features astonishing street art works. Street art is becoming a widespread feature of Cape Town, decorating homes and buildings with brightly colored murals. It has become a way to reach a much broader audience than other styles or galleries would allow.

The street art of Cape Town depict diverse issues such as human rights and wildlife conservation. One of these works of art is “The Arch”, a masterpiece by the Cape Town renowned artist, Brian Rolfe, whose reputation and status as an artist have grown over the years. Rolfe is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary art world. One can walk past his painting of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president Nelson Mandela along Longmarket street.