Eldo’s Mural competition delivers the goods
Go Green Go Clean a local NPO based in Eldorado Park, has given local artists an open canvas to showcase their creativity on the walls of a former dumpsite in a servitude in Eldorado Park Extension 8.
This, Universal Paints cares beneficiary, came into existence with the intention to create awareness about greener and cleaner environments, but at the same time use green spaces to create artistic walkways. Go Green Go Clean have managed to transform an unsafe servitude previously a hotspot for criminal activities and turned into a haven of greener, cleaner and brighter space enjoyed by the community of Eldorado Park. In 2021 the organisation with the help of Barloworld Empowerment Foundation, local government and proudly South African businesses like Universal Paints launched phase one of the Eco-Tourist Walkway project, a clean park and murals painted by local artists. A year later Go Green Go Clean is at it again, now drawing a larger pool of local talent thanks to the support of Eldo’s FM a local Community Radio Station that supports local art and culture initiatives.
The outdoor Mural Art competition launched in late November where nine artists painted and competed for the title of the Best Mural Artist. They are portraying individuals and personalities who have contributed to the arts, culture and development of Eldorado Park. On Wednesday the 14th of December a winner, Leondre Goeieman was announced, walking away with a R5 000 grand prize. Roxanne Dickinson took second place walking away with R3000 and in third place was Eshwin Webster who bagged R2000 respectively.
Go Green Go Clean was established in 2009 by Rashid Juma with a number of unemployed volunteers. The group relies greatly on corporate, government and the civil society’s contribution in transforming their local community and all contribution are welcomed. Universal Paints have been one of the leading sponsors together with co-carer The Hamilton’s Brushware, have supported this initiative and the cause of transforming the space into a Artist Haven and Tourism Walkway for the past two years. A tourism project in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg and another mural project based in Noordgesig will kick off in 2023 where community members from both areas and tourist will be bussed between the two projects to compare and admire the artwork in the outdoor galleries to spur on economic growth for the local communities.
Visit the Go Green Go Clean Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenGoCleanSA/ for more info and ways you can support them.