New r1. Installation in Johannesburg

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

Having previously featured his Sound of Light and Hidden Trophy installations, we were very excited to learn that South African artist r1. has completed a new street art installation in the Johannesburg CBD.

For r1., the street is a blank canvas. “I work with urban interventions and collect every day found materials, transforming them and placing them back where they came from, to become a part of the city’s journey,” he says on his website. “The resulting artwork is tactile, moving within the motion of the cityscape. Like the street, the work finds its meaning once an interaction with the passer-by takes place.”

The latest 11m x 6m piece, which is inspired by the design of the traditional chevron street signs found across South Africa, is made up of 180 street signs, using 500 reflective vinyl stencils and 400 drilled holes.

“The steel plates are ordered from a company that manufactures street signs for the city,” he explains. “I then used reflective vinyl on the plates and pasted the geometric colours together like mosaics.”

View more of r1.’s work at