S-Bend Wall – Louis Botha Avenue…

Now let me tell you a story of two weavers who promised an emperor a new suit of clothes, that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. 

“O my, what value this adds to our community!”

When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new “clothes”, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, “but he isn’t wearing anything at all!”.

Similarly, we are to applaud this mural saying, “O my, what value this adds to our community!” 

Yes, we were all given an opportunity to contribute but art may not be our expertise… thus leaving it to the professionals and, Presto! You now realise you too could have made a difference as a mere novice could see the incomplete ‘artwork’.

Nonetheless ignore those whose land have yet to be compensated for the build of this wall for so displaying this “masterpiece”. Nor were the neighbours invited to its opening – all in the name of art! Why were we not invited to the opening? Why does some of the wall looks like kids had drawn it? And why weren’t our children invited to also scribble?

Is not art so subjective these days that one can’t express the true realistic reality experienced by many…to honestly describing what we see?

About the Author

Brendon Naicker
A determined entrepreneur – born and raised in apartheid South Africa, understands what it's like to live with riches and dine among the elite, and a man who has lived for a short spell penniless. An advocate of the ordinary human being, decency and exercising propriety a must, against all the odds! A people’s person with a gargantuan heart and a tenacity for fighting for the underdog! A life with flashes of opulence, a wealth of educational achievements, a dash of homelessness and a lot of travel. (Excerpt from Carla Day, Under a mango tree)