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Tunnel Transformation par excellence!

A blaze of colour rather than drab concrete tunnels now greets the thousands of daily train commuters to Century City.

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Date 21 August 2017
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

This is thanks to the artistic genius of father and son artists Paul “Hardi” and Calvin Raubenheimer who were commissioned by the Century City Arts Foundation to transform the underpass walkway between Century City and the station into an enchanting mural landscape.

The one tunnel depicts the wide variety of flora, fauna and birdlife found on Century City’s wetland reserve, Intaka Island on the one side while a large map of Century City showing commuters where they are takes up the other wall. There is also a bright yellow Welcome sign emblazoned at the top of the underpass on the N1 side of the tunnel.

The second tunnel now comprises hand-painted maps showing commuters where they are in the Peninsula, where they are in South Africa and also Africa as a whole on one wall and the universe on the other with the galaxy theme carried over on the ceiling.

The murals have taken the pair about 12 weeks to complete and have been warmly welcomed by commuters who stop and chat to them about the work and take pictures and selfies to upload onto  social media.

“We have received lots of compliments. It is really gratifying to have such a fantastic response and to know we have done something that will positively enhance thousands of peoples’ daily experience.”

It is the first time the two have worked together but the quality of their art has already led to another commission - Rabie Property Group, the developer of Century City, was so impressed with the finished product that  they are employing them to transform an undercover public walkway in their latest residential development, Waters Edge, which is nearing completion.

The tunnels are one of 24 exhibits that form part of the Century City Arts Trail in and around the precinct. Go to www.centurycity.co.za/play#art-trail for further details of the Arts Trail including a brochure.