Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Walking the road...public art project in CapeTown


A walk through any Cape Town suburb will produce 
more than one dry cleaner/laundry shop
Especially useful in winter when clothes will not dry 
because of the amount of moisture in the air...
and the lack of sunshine!

Some rust not even duct tape can fix...
this type of wound is common on coastal vehicles...

Cape Town must be one of the few South African cities 
that still use these at pedestrian crossings.
Where we live in Johannesburg, all of these have been removed.

I find Hartlaub's Gulls very attractive as photographic subjects
 and more importantly they can be found in large numbers along the West coast

On a recent visit to the Sea Point promenade 
I came across this wonderful public art project...

With the mountain as a backdrop, the young girl tries to fly...

I found the face on this young girl poignant and extremely lifelike..
.I found that from the very first statue I had a lump in my throat...

The dragon fly was the protagonist in this gentle interaction...

Looking to see where it has gone to...

The young girl and the dragon fly come face to face...

and once again it vanishes...

This is my favourite of the 18 sculptures on display...
well actually 17 currently, but more of that later

the plaque tells it all...

The artist told me that it took her three attempts to capture the correct expression...

the young girl tries to get the dragon fly back

You will notice an empty plinth...sculpture 15 has been removed by persons unknown.
The sculptor, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe was, naturally, upset.
I suggested that the person that took it,loved the work so much 
that they were prepared to go to jail/face a hefty fine in order to have it

notice that the wing tips have turned into hands...

The young girls arms have taken on dragon fly like characteristics ...

In this the final sculpture they have each taken on attributes of each other...
Individually and as a public art project they evoke a variety of emotions, 
both positive and negative.


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