Mural Kompass by Tendekai Finos, Ntando Mbali and Yazmine Horowitz

Mural Kompass is an online platform that investigates the use of mural art for the betterment of community spaces. The project asks whether the use of colour inspires social upliftment through analysing murals painted for underprivileged children. Mural Kompass was a Senior Production Project by Tendekai Finos, Ntando Mbali and Yazmine Horowitz for FAM3008S Dynamic Web Design.

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Mural Kompass – investigating the use of mural art for social upliftment

Mural Kompass – investigating the use of mural art for social upliftment

Mural Kompass investigates the use of colour to inspire social upliftment by analysing murals painted for underprivileged children. The Mural Kompass website consists of two interactive documentaries which explore the Percy Bartley House located in Woodstock and the Ikamva Youth centre in Khayelitsha. These community spaces were revamped by street artist Ricky Lee Gordon who has dedicated his artwork to visually improving the educational spaces of children in South Africa. His idea is that, through the use of colour and positive imagery, spaces can be improved to promote a better wellbeing amongst kids and young students.

Mural Kompass explores the community spaces revamped by Gordon in order to reveal the relationships between children, the volunteers in these spaces and the artists’ intervention. Through Mural Kompass’s book-like structure, with interviews, original images and an easy-to-use layout, the user can explore the world of mural art. The website also includes a virtual tour (similar to Google Street View) of the Percy Bartley House and offers a fun ‘Draw Your Own Mural’ page which is aimed at younger users.

Focusing on these moral murals, the project is ultimately a space for learning not only about art but also about those involved in community spaces.

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