:: Making Ochre At Blombos - Mural 2018 ::

:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa::
:: February & March 2016 - March & April 2017 - February & March 2018 ::

About the Project    Progress    Murals 2016    Murals 2017
Murals 2018    Murals 2019    Encounters with the Swift People

Building Fish Traps    Milkwood Tree    Making Ochre    Under the Milkwood    Swift Ppl 6    Building Fish Traps    Making Ochre At Blombos    Swift Ppl 7

:: 2018 - 4.5m x 3.2m (approx) - Emulsion on Side Elevation ::
:: Sanna & Family's House, Melkhoutfontein, Western Cape, South Africa ::
:: Deep gratitude to fellow mural realisers Jason 'Kopa' Joyo, Adrian Solomon & Chris Rimell ::

The final large mural painted in this year's visit, and the first painted in Harmonie Park, an area to the north of the main town of Melkhoutfontein, where there is a lot of informal accomodation and considerable poverty, even when compared to the rest of the community. The arrival of this mural into Harmonie Park brings the PaintUp project into this neighbourhood this year and next year, and represents an extra message of hope. When Sanna was told that her house would be the first in the area to have a mural, she called all her neightbours over to tell them, such was her pride and happiness at the news!

This mural imagines the rituals of making ochre for body paint in the cave at Blombos, some 15 miles from Melkhoutfontein. The archaeology of Blombos dates back to over 75,000 years ago, and is important in understanding the origins of human culture. One interpretation of the archaeology is that earl humans made red body paint from the ochre for use in dance rituals. Further details are given in the design for this mural.


Making Ochre at Blombos

Making ochre at Blombos 2

Making Ochre at Blombos 3

Making Ochre at Blombos 4


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