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Ndebele steps

By ColleenA
Good morning....
Thank you for your continued support and to Dave (Mistere) for his UA, much appreciated.
A few weeks ago the management at the waterfront complex in Cape Town decided to launch an initiative to paint the stairs going up from the Clock tower precinct to the city of Cape Town. It is called the Lalela project. In the spirit of Design Capital 2014 the Clocktower stairs were transformed with a colourful Ndebele styled design by a group of enthusiastic students from Hout bay. The youngsters spent two days of their school holidays painting the steps
In the 18th Century the Ndebele people of South Africa created their own tradition and style of house painting their mud huts. The vibrant symbols and expressions portray communications of personal prayer, self identification, values, emotions and marriage.The women are the traditional designers of this art. The tradition and style of the wall painting is passed down through the generations.
The versions are more of the steps from different angles with Saturday shadows

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fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
26 Apr 2014 7:09AM
Well seen and colourful images.

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ade123 Plus
3 262 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 7:12AM
A lovely image Colleen beautifully colours and very well framed

Ade
26 Apr 2014 7:19AM
Like these colourful captures Colleen,
Fred.
Bantu Plus
2 6 1 India
26 Apr 2014 7:39AM
Beautiful colourful capture.

Vikram.
26 Apr 2014 7:51AM
Wonderful colours and good write-up.
One wonders if they will be able to maintain the appearance as it will wear quickly.
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 7:52AM
A great set of images showing this wonderful tribal art at its very best, the colours seemingly jumping from the screen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
26 Apr 2014 7:55AM

Quote:Wonderful colours and good write-up.
One wonders if they will be able to maintain the appearance as it will wear quickly.


I wondered the same, went there last week and the cleaners were scrubbing bird poo off the stairs with hard brushes...a recipe for disaster.....
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
26 Apr 2014 8:03AM
What a wonderful idea, makes a very colourful addition to the city.
Nice capture Colleen.

Dave.
26 Apr 2014 8:06AM
Interesting set and narrative.

P.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
26 Apr 2014 8:08AM
What a lovely idea, Colleen, to brighten up an otherwise rather stark set of steps. Excellent captures. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 8:14AM
What an inspired project that you have recorded so well here. V5 is my favourite with the names on each step.
Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
26 Apr 2014 8:34AM
A colurful and engaging prodject indeed.
So eye catching and I like the way they have added their
names on your capture of V5 too. It is a great idea
for sure and makes a smashing setů...WinkWinkWink
26 Apr 2014 8:41AM
I have seen the houses in photos and wonder what made these guys think it would work on steps that are used regularly
But colourful indeed
netta1234 Plus
4 335 2 Wales
26 Apr 2014 9:15AM
A great and very colourful set.
Just hope it's a special paint that will last or it will look horrible once the paint will start to peel off I'm sure.
NettaSmile
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 10:02AM
Great images, lets hope the project will continue to touch up the colours when needed

Ali SmileSmile
All really beautiful love the colour etc




Billy
Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 10:06AM
A great idea to brighten up that which is nomally bland. Don't think it would work here, the rain would wash the paint off before it dried. Lovely to see, and
thanks for sharing Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
26 Apr 2014 10:15AM
Great colours, lovely bright images, makes one feel happy.
Lynne
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
26 Apr 2014 10:39AM
Charming series of shots Colleen. Looks like a real 'stairway to heaven'.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
26 Apr 2014 10:52AM
Plenty of strong colours ! - The colours woke me up totally ,like a cup of strong coffee ! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Well done , Colleen! --- Jukka.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
26 Apr 2014 11:37AM
How wonderful and colourful! Love 'em! SmileSmile Could do with something like this around here and brighten the place up! Wink
Trev Smile
Irishkate Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 11:47AM
Stunning artwork and I love the addition of their names.
Maintenance will be hard. Quite unique.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
26 Apr 2014 12:49PM
If I were negotiating these steps I'd probably end up head over heels due to paying attention to all these colours and not looking where I was going.
What a colourful find.
R.
26 Apr 2014 1:43PM
What a lovely idea. Beautiful steps.

Maureen
26 Apr 2014 1:51PM
Beautiful colourful captures and interesting info
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 37 10 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 2:43PM
Great set of images Colleen, great coloursSmile

Cliff
26 Apr 2014 3:02PM
I love the bright coloured steps Colleen, I cant open the others, there is a problem with my laptop ,!!! help ! it keeps crashing and I can only put it on for a short while at a time, sorry If I have missed anything at all.
Patty
Franko59 5 3 1 England
26 Apr 2014 3:31PM
V6 for me a Cracker!!
26 Apr 2014 3:32PM
I love the way you've used the Two people shots as Book Ends Colleen. V1 good, V6, excellent!!!

John Smile
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 5:19PM
These are the most colourful steps I have seen and easily the best 'steps' image on epzSmile. Thanks for sharing these and a big well done to the children who painted themGrin
Ryan
scrimmy Plus
7 388 5 Scotland
26 Apr 2014 5:37PM
captivating colours..and I have to say V6 appeals to me
gss 2 1 Romania
26 Apr 2014 5:49PM
Love that "Lalela" project. Is a kind of imprinting the flag of South Africa (it lacks any color? mabe the white if I'm not mistaken) Impression that I begin to hear vuvuzelas... It is a good idea to consume creativity of young people in a unified idea, good. Maybe it will disappear completely graffiti on the walls of the cities ....
However, before leaving Cape Town, it would be great to put us as many pictures of the city, from what we see here is awesome!
Silviu
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 5:55PM
Wonderful colourful shots Colleen looks very modern.
Rob
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 6:26PM
That is too good a photo opportunity to miss, well taken.
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2014 6:44PM
A cracking set of colourful shots, very nicely taken Smile.
Cheesey.
Colourful set of images, Colleen. Perfectly presented. Your narrative adds great context about a very interesting project in CT.

Fred
26 Apr 2014 8:32PM
All great but the last two really stand out for me Colleen. Excellent composition in v5 and a lovely narrative in v6.
Alun
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
26 Apr 2014 8:55PM
What a grand set Colleen and V5 & V6 get my attention.
Joan
26 Apr 2014 9:02PM
Interesting place and V6 is just wonderful. Very well observed - as usual capturing something that I would not have been able to do justice to.
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
26 Apr 2014 10:18PM
A wonderful project, this is the sort of thing that brings a community together-- I appreciate your description of the meaning of the designs and colors!



I will tell my daughter about this, She has done similar projects with her classes in the Providence, rI where shi teaches-- She will be interested!
26 Apr 2014 10:27PM
Lovely colourful set Colleen. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 318 England
26 Apr 2014 11:07PM
A striking colour scheme, it would be a pity if it lost its vibranc for whatever reason.
I just hope people don't lose their footing while they admire the colour when they use the steps Smile
27 Apr 2014 12:56AM
Last but not least,very nice.
Goodbye
Martyn.
27 Apr 2014 1:37AM
Is it Albert and Victoria waterfront?. I think mountain at the backdrop is tabletop mountain. I was here in NOv 2012. Nice place for shopping. I had lunch in Indian restaurant there. Nice colors and great dof. love v6.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
27 Apr 2014 11:19AM
Wonderfully colourful set Colleen and interesting write up too.
Rende
ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
27 Apr 2014 11:38AM

Quote:Is it Albert and Victoria waterfront?. I think mountain at the backdrop is tabletop mountain. I was here in NOv 2012. Nice place for shopping. I had lunch in Indian restaurant there. Nice colors and great dof. love v6.

Yes it is the V&A waterfront ...and yes that's Table mountain at the back of the image. It is my local shopping centre as we live next door to it...that lovely Indian restaurant has closed down, it was excellent food.
Graet idea; very nicely documented.
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
30 Apr 2014 7:29PM
How cool is this idea and what a great find.
The colour choice is brilliantI love the way they got to sign on a step each,
A brilliant and and so well taken.

Aidan,,
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
11 May 2014 7:18PM
Those steps certainly are colourful and eyecatching

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