Wednesday, January 11, 2012

'Walking the road"...no longer!

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 girl's arms have taken on dragon fly like characteristics ...

and 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.Originally they were meant to have been removed in June 2011, but after discussions with various parties it has bee decided to keep them on display for the next two years.
If you are going to Cape Town, I entreat you to make the time to visit them...you will not be disappointed!
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO REPEATED VANDALISM,THE STATUES HAVE NOW BEEN REMOVED!
I find it shameful that due to the actions of a few miscreants the pleasure of these statues will be denied to the many.Cape Town, hang your head in shame!
For more information visit walking the road

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