Reaction to a series of artworks depicting South Africans turning into zombies thanks to e-tolls, taxes, levies and licence fees has been overwhelming according to the artist.
Mike Woolfson’s artwork depicting how e-tolls are turning average South Africans into ‘zombies’ has been well received. Image courtesy Moneyweb.
The limited editions prints depict an e-toll gantry against a backdrop gathering dark clouds with a person hanging from a gantry while others are walking away from in a zombie-like state, expressionless and meaningless.
Woolfson explained that while he does not normally revert to social commentary in his artwork, in this case he felt very strongly that e-tolls were introduced in a dictatorial way not befitting a democracy.
He says at the very least e-tolls should have been eased in over a period to lessen the shock for motorists.
Woolfson said that over a period of time the financial burden of legislation, levies and taxes introduced by the state is becoming unbearable for the individual. Often people just pay up to avoid interaction with a dysfunctional bureaucracy, turning them into ‘zombies’ of the state.
Woolfson said that already 16 of the 50 limited edition e-toll prints have been sold, with the reaction to the artwork has been overwhelming. Buyers, mostly private individuals and corporates, are paying about R2 000 for a print.
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