Public Art & Installations

Take In Public Art & Installations

Discover ‘otherwhere’ through UIA2014 installations and public art. These projects are designed to activate public space through art and culture, and showcase the links between the built environment and creative activities. Unless otherwise stated, these projects are open 24/7.

Faith 47 Warwick Murals

International artist, Faith47 has created a series of 6, large scale public murals in the centre of Warwick as part of the UIA fringe programme. This is an excellent example of public space making using art and culture as a tool for social cohesion in an often neglected space. Facilitated by dala, a local architect, and assisted by two other artists, Faith has sought to celebrate the traders who work in Warwick by painting trader portraits on these large walls. “I needed to dedicate this work to the people who really make this place what it is - an ode to the individuals who make that place so alive. It truly belongs to them.” The result has been spectacular visual communication from the artist to the passer by, and traders working in the area. A not to be missed public art work!

Where: Warwick Junction, intersection of David Webster and Julius Nyere Streets.
Cost: Free to public & delegates
Photo credit: Kierran Allen Photography
Photo credit: Kierran Allen Photography

In_Through uShintsho

A creative collaboration between the Wits School of Architecture and Planning, Wits School of the Arts, the French visual artist Chia-Wen Tsai, invited by the French Institute of South Africa, and the young SA composer, Wits School of Arts, Diale Mabitsela will see a light-water-sound installation in Durban's Rachel Finlayson swimming pool. In_Through uShintsho invites the public into this historically rich space to experience the pool in a novel way. The visitors will be invited to walk around the pool for a visual and sensorial experience: through the movement of the water, its reflections will change and will be accompanied by sounds in the whole pool space. Chia-Wen’s talent is to transform public spaces, making them mysterious, oneiric and contemplative referring us to our deepest selves. In_Through UShintso is brought to the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress by the French Institute of South Africa, the French Embassy in South Africa, the Alliance Française of Durban, the XXV International Union of Architects World Congress, the Ethekwini Municipality, the Wits School of Arts, the Wits School of Architecture & Planning and Michael Scholes and Associate Architects.

Date & Times:2-8 Aug, 5:30pm-10:00pm in presence of the artist
Where: Rachel Finlayson swimming pool, North Beach
Cost: Free to public & delegates
Credit © Estelle Zolotoff - La Nuit Blanche, Château Landon Pool, Paris
Credit © Estelle Zolotoff - La Nuit Blanche, Château Landon Pool, Paris

Excavating Silence

“We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost”- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space. Excavating Silence is a site-specific sound-art-installation exhibited at the Addington Children’s Hospital. The hospital, which opened in 1931 as a facility for all races, eventually closed in the 1980’s due to the impact of apartheid. The basis of this artwork considers the histories and context of the hospital as a starting point for creative inquiry. The work is created with sound recordings of members of the public who visited the hospital during their childhood. Anecdotes, stories and experiences are summoned to form a collective memory, which is presented through the medium of sound. These resonant human emotions and memories intersect the cold decay and abandonment of the building, and its historical past.

Dates & Time: 3 - 10 August 2014, 9:00 to 5:00pm
Where: KZN Children’s Hospital, 10 Prince Street, South Beach
Cost: Free to public and Delegates

Arts on Morrison

A collection of lighting sculptures and mural installations by Durban artists on the streets of Rivertown that celebrate the creative renaissance of the area and the city, through a collaborative exploration around spatial connections and human motion.

Where: On and around the 8 Morrison Street Warehouse, on 8 Morrison Street, Rivertown.
Cost: Free to public & delegates

Box project

Across the world various city beautification projects have been carried out which have taken on everyday urban landmarks and turned them into pieces of art- splashes of colour amongst the greys of the city. In the lead up to, and during the UIA2014 Congress, a number of electricity boxes, functional elements of the city's landscape, will be turned into pieces of art. Multiple artists will work to transform the mundane into something unique, creating beauty in line with Durban’s identity. These boxes, in the city centre, the suburbs, and townships will be painted by local artists in conjunction with an apprentice selected from surrounding schools and tertiary institutions. These artistic murals are intended to create artful objects within the public realm which celebrate the city and its diverse cultural heritage, while at the same time beautifying the urban landscape.

Where: Various spaces across the city.
Cost: Free to public & delegates

Lafarge presents The Candy Chang Initiative

IInspired by the artworks of Candy Chang, this initiative explores how the very walls and pavements of our city are transformed into interactive art-pieces that encourage an appreciation of the beauty around us, while also allowing us to reflect on our personal aspirations for Durban. Candy’s ‘Career Path’ and ‘It’s Good To Be Here’ installations are featured, while her world famous ‘Before I Die…’ and ‘I wish this was…’ installations are remixed to ‘I love Durban…’ and ‘I wish Durban was…’. Simple stencils transform into works of art as they become populated by the thoughts and desires of the people that give Durban its vibrancy and life. Generated are art pieces uniquely for the people, by the people of Durban.

Date & Times: From 17 July
Where: Florida Road Park, DUT, Brook Street Market, UKZN, Braam Fischer Road, various spots in the CBD, Red Square pocket park, Dr. Yusuf Dadoo Street
Cost: Free to public & delegates


ih-murj is a photographic body of work that investigates plant life in urban areas. Based in the city of Durban, this project documents the emerging plant life in an urban environment and how these natural structures interact with urban structures. The project aims to reach into the consciousness of urban dwellers and increase an awareness of the often rich natural biospheres that exist in an urban jungle. This exhibition is designed to be in a public space allowing Durban residents and visitors, as well as delegates to view the it.

Where: Intersection of Julius Nyere and Johannes Nkosi Streets.
Cost: Free to public & delegates

interface 2012-14

Interface2012-14 is a project conceptualised by dala, a Durban based NPO engaged in art and architecture for social change. In partnership with the Goethe Institut South Africa, and the NAC, eight international established artists from Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Reunion Island and Mauritius. The aim is to explore a methodology for placemaking based on dialogue/democratic participation. This project forms part of an innovative process and is strategically positioned as a creative tool aimed at conscientising civil society and creatively engaging the urban through people-centered placemaking. Focused on developing alternative bottom-up ways of better understanding and engaging public spaces, Interface2012-14 presents seven architectural /artistic installations / performances in the city, a colloquium and an exhibition. For more information, see dala artarchitecture on Facebook.

Seven architectural /artistic installations / performances:

  • Rush Hour (Germany) – corner of Caters Ave. and King Dinizulu Road
  • Everything must shine for me (Bulgaria) – corner Bentley Street and Wills Road, in building Vinay Court
  • Dancing the in-between (France) – corner David Webster and Julius Nyerere Street
  • L’espace Creole (Reunion island) – along Berea Road South – from Mazinsi Kunene Road to Julius Nyerere Street
  • Finding lost space (France) – corner Berea Road South and Cato Road
  • Rhizomicity (Mauritius) – KZNSA, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood


A colloquium: (all colloquiums take place at artSPACE, 3 Millar Road, Morningside, 20:00)

04th August - On Movement: (Anne Lebatard, Dr Alex Wafer)

The presenters in this session take as a starting point the observation of the rhythms of people in the city as a way in to understand and highlight urban socio-spatial narratives.

05th August - On dialogue:(Dr Miranda Young-Jahangeer, Dr Alison J Rooke, Christian von Wissel, Mzwandile Mavula, Soogen Moodley)

Democratic participation that is meaningful and has transformation at its core should be dialogic. Presenters in this panel will engage the complexities of dialogue in the context of spatial justice.

06th August - On dissidence: (Dr Kira Erwin, Ashwin Desai, Nancy Ottaviano, Jan Liesegang)

Presenters will propose how creative practice has been a strategic tool in the act of transgression with a particular focus on how the margin can play a role in envisaging the future of the African City.


KZNSA (166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood), Rhizomicity is a dala exhibition in conjunction with Durban Centre for Photography: Durbanity,

ArtSpace (3 Millar Road, Morningside)


African Architecture Workshop on 31st July and 1 Aug, 9:00 -16:00, KZNSA, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, open to the public, followed by a performance but the French contemporary dance company ExNihilo


This public art intervention consists of the painting of 100 circular concrete pavement storm water drain covers in the city centre. The content of the hand painted covers are graphic images of the indigenous/traditional dwellings of a selection of South Africa’s national peoples. Residents of Durban have been encouraged to experience the actual painting of the storm water covers as a kind of performance art while artists worked ‘in situ’ on the pavement, allowing dialogue between the artists and the curious public which created a platform for debate and comment as the art works progressed and the indigenous dwellings revealed themselves. As such the appearance of the 100 artworks depicting traditional dwellings has formed a ‘retroactive’ marking of indigenous history, heritage and cultural identity. This has also resulted in a beatification of public space to what is, in some cases a rather bleak pedestrian pavement experience. Delegates and the public can visit these paintings in the city centre, and will also be able to visit an exhibition of these works at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) during the congress.

Where: Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Anton Lembede Road, and Walnut Road
Cost: Free to public & delegates

Our Space Murals

Mook Lion’s Murals will consist of five site specific murals within walking distance of the ICC and the UIA2014 Congress. This collaborative project will attempt to create artwork which members of the public can relate to, turning sterile spaces into vibrant areas of cultural interest. This project aims to make the public aware of their environment. The heightened awareness of one’s environment encourages the individual to be a more involved community member, creating a meaningful engagement with the world, socially, spiritually and physically. The artists involved in creating the works also gain exposure, skills and confidence. The work will attempt to promote environmental sustainability by using recycled materials (damaged or unsellable paints donated by businesses) and by representing environmental (and social) issues through the subject matter.

Where: 33 Milne St, 44 Milne St and 45 Hunter St
Cost: Free to public & delegates

Rush Hour: Acknowledging everyday practices

Umkhumbane (Cato Manor) is located three kilometers away from the center of Durban (Warwick Junction), on the edge of the N3 national highway. Through an existing informal pedestrian route between periphery and center, thousands of people walk in order to save the R5 taxi fare. Along the way a plot of land, leftover from the formal city planning, has become a crossing point to hitchhike from, a place to rest and meet. raumlabor Berlin, an experimental practice, fusing art, architecture and urbanism, with a focus on spatial proposals which are small scale and deeply rooted in the local condition, together with dala, an interdisciplinary creative organisation in Durban, are building a roof constructed of used car bodies that will provide shelter from the sun and rain, but also be a landmark highlighting different uses of, and practices in, space. RUSH HOUR – Acknowledging everyday practices is a project by raumlabor Berlin and forms part of the Interface 2012-14 project, which is an initiative devised by dala.

Where: Cnr King Dinizulu Rd and Carters Ave (Across from Berea Centre)
Cost: Free to public & delegates
Photo credit: Rumlabor
Photo credit: Rumlabor

Nine urban biotopes - negotiating the future of urban living

Nine Urban Biotopes is a socially engaged project delivering artistic research and cultural exchange within and between citizens and art initiatives in South African and European cities in 2014. Exploring issues (safety; housing; youth, migration; mobility and economical subsistence) regarding contemporary urban living in innovative ways, the aim is to create dialogue and exchange between all of the participative projects, artists, citizens of all nine urban biotopes and all involved, to establish practices for building sustainable cities. Compliments and complaints, is a cultural action - a process of interactions between street traders, artist Armin Linke - Berlin, artist/architect doung Anwar Jahangeer (dala) - Durban. Ten traders were given disposable cameras in order to document their daily home and working realities and challenges. This is a pop up installation.

Dates & Times: 5 August, 8:00 to 17:00
Where: John Milne Street, Rivertown
Cost: Free to public & delegates

Warwick Mural

In line with other interventions to bring public art into the city centre, local artist Sean Stretch has painted a large mural within the centre of Warwick. Come and see this work and the role that public art in a city space can play in city beautification.

Where: Intersection of Cathedral Road & Joseph Nduli Street.
Cost: Free to public & delegates