When I first came ’round the corner to this latest Faith47 murals, it was so sudden that I almost missed it entirely. I had already seen about a thousand pictures on Instagram of the zebras, but really, I had no idea firstly, of the scale of the mural, and secondly that it actually expanded onto another wall.
By now, if you live in Jozi, you’ve likely seen at least a few images of Una Salus Victis Nullam Sperare Salutem, the zebra mural on the corner of Fox and Rissik in town. But the image featured at the top of this post is probably about the most you’ve seen right?
The meaning of the latin phrase, and name of the mural, translates to “The only hope for the doomed, is no hope at all…” and is from an apparently 10 000-line epic poem written in 19 BC by an ancient Roman poet known as Virgil.
The mural is painted inside what was once the site for a building that has long since been torn down and takes up about a three-storey high area. The zebras running and rutting, are incredibly detailed and the power of these animals can be seen by the movement created in their muscles.
The colours seem washed out, like the mural has been there for a lit longer than it actually has. It also instills a sense of pride for my Jozi, but I can’t quite put my finger on why…
Just a quick post on something worth heading out to find in this beautiful city.