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'Wet Paint' is a Social Experiment Encouraging Social Distancing

South African artists Curious Lauren and Baba Tjeko are using 'wet paint' to create beautiful artworks and encourage social distancing amid COVID-19. It's a social experiment for the ages.

The COVID-19 pandemic has completed upended the world and the way in which we do things. Normality as we once knew it has gone and admittedly may not return in the immediate future. We've had to adapt to a new way of doing things in order to not only protect ourselves but others around us, especially those who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

That said, South Africa continues to have increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases with the most recent figures showing that the country had clocked at least 10 000 cases in a single day—the highest yet in what is clearly a second wave. While President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised, in another national address, the need to continue wearing masks, avoid large gatherings and super-spreader events as well as maintaining social distancing, very little seems to be changing. This is where South African artists Lauren Mitchell a.ka. Curious Lauren and Baba Tjeko step in. The duo, in partnership with Belgian alcohol beverage Stella Artois, recently came up with a social experiment titled Wet Paint to encourage social distancing among South Africans. The results have not only been aesthetically exquisite, but effective too.

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