Arts, Culture & Heritage

Forest View, Noordgesig Murals

Last Updated: September 27, 2023
Artist

Implementing artist: Peter Stanley Witness. Coordinated by The Trinity Session.

A Brief History

This artwork formed part of a series of artworks implemented by the Johannesburg Development Agency during an area upgrade which included public spaces and public facilities.

This mural has become a gateway marker, which captures the eye of passers-by and residents along the Empire Perth Corridor Transit Corridor / New Canada Road.

Description

Mural artwork painted on the walls of the Good Luck Shop.

Statement from the artist, Peter Stanley Witness:

“During the late 1950s, there was a nice clear dam near the mine dumps in Noordgesig known as Forest View. It was a place where the community would picnic and teenagers would go to swim. There were many different trees around the dam, such as pine, willow, and bloekom, which supplied plenty of shade. Some of the plants in the forest were used to make homemade medicine, and the wood was used to make furniture for the community.

Where Diepkloof is now, there was an airfield that was used by the cargo planes for the mines. From Forest View you had a clear view of planes taking off and landing. It was also close enough to the mines to feel and hear their explosions. This mural comments on the history of Noordgesig and serves to help the community remember the past. A place where artists found inspiration, and people found peace.”

Artwork Signage

This artwork formed part of a series of artworks implemented by the Johannesburg Development Agency during an area upgrade which included public spaces and public facilities.

This mural has become a gateway marker, which captures the eye of passers-by and residents along the Empire Perth Corridor Transit Corridor / New Canada Road.

Location & Address

New Canada Rd, Noordgesig, Soweto.