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Friday, September 2, 2011


The eThekwini Municipality and the BAT Centre have unveiled a new BAT Mural at the BAT Centre which has been completed as a project between the Sister Cities of Bremen in Germany and Durban. The partnership between these cities is particularly strong with co-operation ranging from sport, eco-tourism, climate change, and arts and culture, amongst others.

This year also marks the 17th anniversary of the existence of the BAT Centre, so the project was developed to give the BAT Centre a new and fresh face. As arts and culture are tools that bring people together, the idea of the mural was to allow people from different cultures to work together to develop common symbols representing what BAT stands for.

The well-known mural artist Edeltraut Rath from Bremen has spent a month in Durban working with nine artists from the BAT Centre. They have used symbols, icons, patterns, emblems and letters to depict the activities of the BAT Centre. The artists created and used stencils so that the artworks merged, with no art style dominating another. The Zulu symbols merge with other signs in a modern artistic style. The artists worked with a limited palette: blue black, magenta, pink, sky blue, orange, and turquoise making the facade a bright, vibrant and informative new addition to the port of Durban’s skyline.

More information from the Communications Unit, eThekwini Municipality via Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or email or Sohana Singh on 031 311 4805 or email