Making a MARC

What was once an ordinary alley has become the platform for an urban art intervention. The graffiti installation at the MARC Precinct in the heart of the Sandton CBD has challenged the notion of journey by creating an experiential link between the Sandton Gautrain and the new development.

The concept focusing on urban density tells the layered story of the city’s spatial fragmentation. The urban art form is translated into a series of geometric shapes and patterns reminiscent of city figure ground maps overlayed with texture and colour blocking.

Across the 150m long passage, three distinct graffiti walls have been curated to engage people, place and social culture. Through a collaborative engagement between the artist and architect, the vision for this route was carefully constructed.

Future Part Podcasts:

Meet the curators and creators and discover their collaborative journey and their trust in the process as the graffiti story unfolds.

Future Part Podcast Episode #1:

24.10.2018: Meet The Talking Vandal

Future Part Podcast Episode #2,3&4:

Q & A: 30.10.2018 – Interviews with the architects – Bob van Bebber, Judith Paterson and Philippa Lankers.
Q: The brief
Q: What was the reason for engaging with a graffiti artist?
Q: Define the urban context and the spaces used as a canvas for the graffiti.
Q: Do you think this type of intervention is something that could extend throughout the precinct?
Q: What do you find most exciting about graffiti as a form of art?
Q: How do you foresee people interacting with the graffiti art?
Q: What do you think of the work so far?
Q: Which spaces do you find most dramatic or atmospheric?
Q: Do you think the graffiti uplifts this urban space?


Film & Urban Artwork






Nisha Van Der Hoven
Judith Jurgens
Bob van Bebber
Philippa Lankers

The Talking Vandal

Nisha van der Hoven
Justus van der Hoven
Phillip Santos

Grahame Cooke


Hey Pappa Legend – Myles McDonald