– Young artist from Joburg West takes first place with his eco-art
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has announced the winner of their inaugural Art for Glass Graffiti Competition, the exceptionally talented Dbongz Mahalathi. Pre-empting this competition, was the realisation that many individuals are keen to recycle, but often are not sure where to do so. For this reason, TGRC hosted the competition to draw Jozi residents’ attention to the numerous glass banks in the city. The process saw the top three finalists having to paint various glass banks in Johannesburg, their glass bank entries then went through a gruelling judging process.
Second place was awarded to Durban resident, the Damn Vandal and third place to admired artist, Mars. The competition concluded in July this year and called on graffiti artists to submit their art in order to stand a chance to paint their art and have it displayed on glass recycling banks in Johannesburg.
Dbongz as he is known, is a self-taught, graffiti/street artist from Mohlakeng, located in the west of Johannesburg. He started participating in graffiti and street art in 2008, when he first came to the city to attend university. He fell in love with the vibrance it provoked in mundane spaces. He is well-known for his large-scale portraits.
CEO of The Glass Recycling Company, Shabeer Jhetam commented on the process of selecting a winner; “It was not an easy task with so many talented graffiti artists entering the competition and a phenomenal line up of the three finalists. The artworks showcased by the finalists on our glass banks is incredible. To help us select the final winner, various criteria and factors were considered including use of colour, environmental consideration, overall likeability, creativity and technique.”
“We are very happy with the decision we made and feel that Dbongz is a young artist who really understood the message that we need to get across. He showcased his talent and creativeness on the glass banks while making the purpose of a glass bank clear. The messaging and creativity portrayed on the glass banks will most definitely draw peoples’ attention and ensure more awareness of glass recycling. However, we really felt we had no ‘losers’ here at all! These top three finalists did amazing work, all win cash prizes and their art will inspire members of the community to recycle their glass bottles and jars.”
Not only is their art now proudly showcased on glass banks in Joburg, but they have received cash prizes worth R 60 000. Dbongz will be receiving the 1st prize of R30 000, Damn Vandal, the 2nd prize of R20 000 and Mars will be awarded R10 000.
TGRC believes in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. At TGRC we are committed to prove that glass recycling is worth the effort! Find a glass bank artwork – glass banks that have been painted include one on Bompas Road, Dunkeld; Corner Café, Craighall; Macy’s Spar in Alberton; Engen Garage on Malibongwe Dr; one at Caltex on Cedar Road in Fourways and one at Moyo at Zoo Lake.
Dbongz Mahlathi is a self-taught, Graffiti-Street artist from Mohlakeng, located in the West of Johannesburg. In 2008, he started participating in graffiti when he first came to the city to attend university. He fell in love with the freedom it afforded him, the vibrance it provoked into mundane spaces, the huge canvases in a form of walls and buildings, the conversations it allowed him to spark and engage in, the confidence it instilled in him and the ability to spread conceptual messages to the masses. Dbongz pursues his creativity full time in the streets and at his studio which is based in the heart of Jozi.
TGRC’s mandate is to increase awareness of glass recycling in South Africa. They’re passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice.
TGRC believes in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. TGRC is committed to prove that glass recycling is worth the effort! For info visit www.tgrc.co.za orwww.facebook.com/TheGlassRecyclingCo/