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Street art and colour in the city – #CapitecColorRun
September 14, 2015
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So excited for all the new street art in Joburg! I love that street art brings colour to dull places and celebrates the energy and youth of Johannesburg.  

There’s a new wheat paste piece in Braamfontein that I got sight of going up last week. Artist Crystal Birch has been commissioned to create a giant, colourful Macau parrot at the entrance to the Neighbourgoods Market.

 

CapitecColorRun Crystal Birch

Artist Crystal Birch working on the parrot piece in Braamfontein

The installation has been commissioned by Capitec to drive awareness of  The Color Run and communicate individual expression through the boldness of colour.

I find it really interesting that brands are using street art more to communicate their messaging. Street art and graffiti, initially seen as an alternative counter culture movement, are now becoming more mainstream. Youth brands such as Adidas and Converse have long been supporting street art but recently more mainstream brands such as banks have begun embracing street art in order to connect with millennial audiences.

Parrots in the city

Birch’s series of Macau Parrots was created using a style called wheatpasting. Starting at the alley you will see a series of small parrots leading you to the entrance of the market where a large parrot  is revealed. One wing of the parrot arches across the archway, across to the opposite wall in colourful strips of feathers!

 

Crystal Birch parrots

 

Says the artist: “I chose the parrot as it is my alter-ego, a free-flying bird. And it is colourful and loud! I would like a giant, bright, free bird to fly in the concrete jungle of Jozi, representing freedom and a bold self. The colourful wings of the Macau should inspire people to break free and express themselves. Visitors to the market will see a parrot spiral above them like a rainbow of WOW,” she says.

 

#CapitecColorRun

The street art piece creates awareness of the #CapitecColorRun. Dubbed the ‘happiest 5km on the planet’,  The Color Run Johannesburg  takes place from Roosevelt High School near Emmarentia Dam on 20 September.

The Color Run is an un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or ‘Color Runners’, are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre.  After the race, the fun continues after race with a colourful Finish Festival equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws! Who new running could be such fun?

 

Capitec Color Run

Clour fun in Durban!

 

Tickets for The Color Run are available online at www.thecolorrun.co.za and on Facebook. Individual ticket prices are R245 and R220 for groups of four or more.

The ticket includes: a 2015 Color Run official runners T-shirt, entrance to the Finish Festival, a styling 80’s headband, two temporary happy tattoos, a R200 voucher for Takealot.com, a R200 voucher for Superbalist.com and 1 bag of colour powder to throw at the festival zone.

 

WIN R5000 with Capitec!

Capitec has offered me the chance to give away a R5000 cash prize* to be loaded into a Capitec account!  Here’s how you can win:

  1. Comment below on what colour best represents you and why.

AND

     2. Tweet the following:

 “I’ve entered the #CapitecColorRun competition to win R5000 with @Mzansigirl http://ow.ly/SdwUl”

OR

Instagram your most colourful picture, with the  caption above. Don’t forget to tag @Mzansigirl  and #CapitecColorRun.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Capitec.  As you know all  opinions expressed here are my own and I have full editorial control of all content published on this site. MG

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Meruschka Govender

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There are 32 comments

  • Bronwin Marsh says:

    My colour would be blue – it represents my calming nature, my soothing soul. I am usually peaceful, serene and content.

  • Yellow – I feel like I am perceptive, clear and to the point and have a great sense of humour and that I bring a lot of sunshine and happiness in the lives of the people around me.

  • T Bone says:

    Has to be Blue, represents water, the ocean and life within it.

  • Nthabi says:

    My colour has to be GREEN…lol because greens are good for you! Kidding it’s more of a natural colour, can be linked to nature almost all the time, money yes it can be linked to the prize too 😀 !

  • Jess says:

    I didn’t quite know which colour suits me. I love pink and red but it doesn’t say anything about my personality. I am a cool fun loving person with flaws. I get angry at certain things. So I took a google search quiz http://www.quizmeme.com/ and BLUE I am! you give your love and friendship unconditionally. You enjoy long, thoughtful conversation rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are loyal and intuitive. This is so me and I am very proud to be every bit of BLUE me 🙂

  • Shradha seth says:

    Blue

    Although some people would argue that blue signifies a tendency toward sadness, but I am a seeker of tranquility, and that peaceful nature helps keep me grounded.

  • My colour is RED , it brings out the best in me and I love looking bright and cheerful

  • Kamogelo says:

    My colour has to be RED, because we live in a world where we should actually love one another and since red is the colour of love it is my favourite colour

  • Nikki says:

    Love colour- on our streets, in the home, in food and in what we wear. My colour is red because it represents passion, vibrancy and energy. Three core principles I try to embody in my own life and in my red shoe collection ?.

  • rehana seedat says:

    Orange best represents me
    There’s a warmth deep inside of me, a kind and generous nature that draws people to me. I have an energetic, rejuvenating character, a trait that never fails to bring a smile to the faces of all those around you.

  • jaishika amtha says:

    Green- just like the colour green, I am bold and bubbly. Representing a fresh and positive outlook towards life, taking it easy and enjoying the beautiful things life has to offer.

  • Tshidi says:

    Definitely Black because people who wear black often have the most colourful minds – True story.

  • Motshidisi Kuili says:

    My Color is Yell_ow…. bright, lively color…represents my infectious smile as well as cheerful laugh.
    I enjoy laughing…and making other laugh…or atleast smile. Life feels lighter this way.

  • sikona says:

    My favourite colour is red because it represents love and pain.

  • Balungile says:

    “What colour”… just one?
    If I could, I’d say the rainbow but that’s 6 colours more than what’s asked. But then again, the combination of all colours according to science results in the colour white. So there we have it, the colour that represents me is WHITE!
    Pure, angelic, heavenly, innocent…yep that’s me. White is like canvas, you’re free to paint whatever it is that you want with whatever colour. I’m like that, everyday I get to decide how I want to paint my day.
    Red for love, orange for my filtering on instagram, yellow for sunshine and happiness, green for growth like plants, blue for knowledge as deep as the ocean, indigo and violet for royalty. A combination ofall of these not only gives us white but represents me too.

  • Michaela Thomas says:

    That must be the color BLUE!
    I wouldn’t choose any other hue
    Because it’s the sky innit?
    and as they say ‘the sky’s the limit’
    Smurfs call this color their own
    and who doesn’t love those little guys with their bluish tone?
    It describes me best ’cause the sea’s deep blue
    is what I love; mysterious, untamed and unpredictable s’true!
    To all who run with color in their heart
    In life’s bright game, you play your part 🙂

    GOOD LUCK FOR THE GIVE-AWAY GUYS!
    FINGERS CROSSED x

  • Amantle Mashele says:

    My colour would have to be white it matches everything and looks good on everyone, I seldom wear it alone for this same reason, why rock one colour, when you can actually incorporate all the colours in the world and actually look far more vibrant, lively, more passionate about life young and aesthetically appealing!!

  • Balungile says:

    “What colour”… just one?
    If I could, I’d say the rainbow but that’s 6 colours more than what’s asked. But then again, the combination of all colours according to science results in the colour white. So there we have it, the colour that represents me is WHITE!
    Pure, angelic, heavenly, innocent…yep that’s me. White is like canvas, you’re free to paint whatever it is that you want with whatever colour. I’m like that, everyday I get to decide how I want to paint my day.
    Red for love, orange for my filtering on instagram, yellow for sunshine and happiness, green for growth like plants, blue for knowledge as deep as the ocean, indigo and violet for royalty. A combination of all of these not only gives us white but represents me too.

  • Kara ascott says:

    Red – I’m always up for a challenge 🙂

  • depashni marie says:

    My favourite colour is purple… I love all shades of purple from lilac to deep violet… The colour purple represents my vibrant personality.

  • Sapna says:

    Yellow best represents me because it’s associated with joy, happiness, and energy which I love to live life to the fullest ever since getting a second chance 🙂

  • Michaela Thomas says:

    My choice of color is blue
    I wouldn’t choose any other hue
    For it’s the sky by day
    that’s the limit they say
    & describes my nature that’s true

    Blue is the color of Smurfs you know
    And we all love those fellas who live down below
    It also refers to the deep deep sea
    Today stormy, tomorrow serene, just like me!

    To all those who run with color in their heart
    Thanks for playing a brilliant part
    In brightening the day, and paving the way
    for many others – go do that 5K!

    #CapitecColorRun

  • Miss Hartnick says:

    Pink definitely has to be my color of choice.
    It’s soft, feminine and slightly mysterious just like me!

    One day when I become president , I will declare that all
    Money should be printed on pink paper. Capitec Bank
    will be the first to distribute the “new money” to the
    public. We’ll have pink atm’s and errrrthing.

    #CapitecColorRun

  • Losh Kisten says:

    My colour is RED, its a vibey, bright & sexy colour – resonates energy and it is the color of physical movement, the color red awakens physical life force. It represents stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined….ME..;-)

  • Hlelileb says:

    PINK. I love bright colors that represent summer and Pink also remind me of earlier childhood memories, associated with nurturing and comfort from my mother 🙂 🙂

  • Hlelileb says:

    PINK. I love bright colors that represent summer and Pink also remind me of earlier childhood memories, associated with nurturing and comfort from my mother 🙂 🙂 #CapitecColorRun @Mzansigirl

  • Mandisi Piet says:

    Red i love this colour it shows the feeling of your heart

  • prudence Bob says:

    I’m a bubbly,soft,friendly and delicate women I love PINk it really represents my the compassion I have my inner peace,harmony the loving and nurturing side of me its also girlish which is exaclty how I am most of all I love the fact that it is also used as a universal symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer its powerful a true colour of happiness love it

  • naweera amod says:

    The colour that most represents me is Green. It has sentimental as well as religious value and creates a wonderful atmosphere. Its not too bright we’re it hurts the eye or distracts the mind but calm enough to soothe the soul. Keeps me in a fantastic mood and spreads cheer. Green also represents nature and as I’m a lover of all things natural I love the colour. Wearing green makes me look and feel gorgeous. Keeps one simple and humble

  • Tanya says:

    My favourite colour is PINK. Pink makes my happy, girly, love all things pink and it’s everywhere in October #breastcancerawareness so happiness surrounds me in October, most beautiful spring month

  • Zama Zungu says:

    I resonate with the color orange. It’s the color of the 2nd energy center, the center for feelings, sensuality and creative expression. I am having fun with my awareness of how I experience and express myself. All things are possible from here on.

  • fierdous says:

    all hues of purple. it has alwAys been my favourite colour. many people think of it as signifying sexual frustration (lol) but its linked to royalty and power, wealth and passion. as it is a combination of red which is a fiery passion and blue which is serene. absolutely love purple. ?

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