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Murals by Nathan Sanan

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, street artist Nathan Sanan stopped by to create special art walls for special needs students; reminding them of their magic!


East London, South Africa (06 May 2024) — April marked Autism Awareness Month around the world; a time to celebrate and raise awareness for people on the spectrum. In a special surprise for the learners of special needs school College Street Primary, one of the Eastern Cape’s favourite muralists, Nathan Sanan, stopped by to create special walls of art to remind the children of their magic!

In vibrant hues of blue, the mural ‘Bubbling with Potential’ went up on the school’s exterior as a visual reminder of how being on the Autism Spectrum also means bubbling with different possibilities.

The mural reads ‘Different not Less’, which the school said captures its simple yet profound ethos.

“Individuals with autism are different but never less. This mural embodies that ethos perfectly, reminding us all to embrace diversity and celebrate the beauty of uniqueness.”—College Street Primary School. 

But, it was not the only masterpiece that went up!

Nathan also created a beautiful set of painted blue wings; symbolising that when uniqueness is embraced, it can help individuals and communities soar beyond their limitations.

“Let these wings serve as a reminder that every child, regardless of their differences, has the ability to spread their wings and fly. With love, support, and the right environment, they can achieve anything they set their minds to,” the school beamed. 

Beyond empowering the leaders of tomorrow in all their beautiful diversity, Nathan’s art walls have also uplifted many others in East London.

After Nathan created a mural celebrating the Springboks born in the Eastern Cape, he slowly but surely began transforming and uplifting East London one can of spray paint at a time.

You can read more about Nathan’s art walls across East London, here. 

Sources: Nathan Sanan; College Street Primary School
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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