One of the most futile and bloodiest battles of the South African War was fought on top of a windswept, rain-sodden hill in KwaZulu-Natal on the night of 23 January, 1900, and the following day, 24 January. Three men on the hill that day – whose death would have changed the course of world history – survived.
Think of the term ‘street art’ in South Africa, and more often than not, you will picture the masterpieces sprayed under bridges and on buildings in the sprawling urban jungles. I spotted the art form in an almost rural setting – and it was magnificent.
During the early 1930s, American designers adopted the original 1920s French art deco architectural style and gave it a fresh identity. The look was embraced by South African designers, who used the classic geometric designs, curved lines and bold colours in local buildings.
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