Cans have been unpacked, colours chosen, brushes have been in motion and Wide Open Walls is finally fully underway. Here’s a peek at what’s been going on so far over here at Kubuneh Village.
Many more photos and posts to follow as the project progresses.
Posted in Art, Artists, Painting, Shows/Events, Stencils, The Gambia
Tagged Kubuneh, Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, Mysterious Al, Sabotaz, The Gambia
Big day yesterday. All the artists arrived into The Gambia safe and sound, all the artists apart from Ben Eine that is, who not only chose not to come, chose to tell us he wasn’t coming the day he should have been here. Big shame.
Anyway, moving on, there is an excitement in the air here, and a calm before the storm. Tomorrow we’ll all travel by boat down to Kubuneh Village for the first time and begin work. The African sun, brutal and unforgiving, will certainly take it’s toll on everyone out there, water and shade will be close allies for the next fortnight.
I’m itching to see the beginnings of what has been a years worth of planning and excitement. Not long now till the sound of spray cans shaking and the site of brush strokes and stencils.
So expect to start seeing some photos of the official beginning of Wide Open Walls at some point tomorrow.
Onwards and upwards!
I stepped from the plane onto blistering hot Gambian soil yesterday afternoon and was met by Lawrence and his team and given VIP treatment from the word go. Waiting for my luggage to be brought TO ME in an air conditioned room with an ice cold glass of water was a nice change from fighting it out around the luggage carousel with the rest of the hot and tired travellers.
As I write this, I’m surrounded by lush mangrove swamp; roots and dense foliage keep hidden the beasts and creature that lurk beyond. A heron glides lazily overhead as the sound of something unseen breaks the water. The alien dawn chorus was amazing, the highlight being joined by a pair of toxic green birds, small and inquisitive, bold and unfazed by their new guest standing only feet away. Their crisp digital welcome seeming almost out of place in such an organic, analogue world.
Just heard my first Baboon disagreement, but am yet to catch a glimpse of the little bastards. I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m cornered and mugged for whatever savoury treats I’m carrying. Maybe I should arm myself? What would be the best weapon against a surprise baboon mugging?! I shall remain vigilante.
‘Tis only day 2, but I’m happy to report that so far, I remain unbitten and itch free. The 95% DEET makes my skin buzz and crackle with military grade toxins. Come on you little swines, come and get me.
Below is a view from my room. I’m sure you’ll agree, it aint bad at all.
An awesome new site to rise from the depths of everything arty and cultural is Zeitgeist Blog. I had a chat with them about the project and you can read how it went HERE.
Posted in Art, Makasutu, Painting, Shows/Events, Stencils, The Ballabu Conservation Project, The Gambia
Tagged Broken Crow, Eine, Ian Cox, Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, Makasutu, Mysterious Al, Street Art, The Ballabu Conservation Project, Urban Art, Wallkandy, Xenz, Zeitgeist Blog
Big thanks to Sandra Butterfly for getting this online. Read it HERE!
Posted in Art, Artists, Charity, Interviews, Makasutu, Nature, Painting, Shows/Events, Stencils, The Ballabu Conservation Project, The Gambia
Tagged Broken Crow, Eelus, Eine, Juxtapoz, Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, Makasutu, Mysterious Al, The Ballabu Conservation Project, Wide Open Walls, Xenz
To wet your appetites a little, here’s a sneak peak at one of the new pieces I’ll be painting out at Kubuneh. One of my classic images, ‘Raven Haired’, but given a new lease of life with an African twist. All the birds used in the image are native to The Gambia.