Another public sculpture for Cape Town: Toy art?

Mail & Guardian | Melvyn Minnaar:


For many hoping to see their work placed in the public sphere, the easy route seems to be an approach of “play-play”.

Few who enjoy – or even like – the giant sunglasses installed on Sea Point’s promenade, will suggest that this is, well, a significant work of art.

Michael Elion’s sculpture on Sea Point’s promenade. (Supplied)

On the other hand, it’s not unreasonable to think that the Western Cape government, about to pay R1-million for an art piece in front of its Cape Town head office, expects its commission to be just that: good art. A work of importance, enduring and admired.

After extensive renovations of the old Brutalist building that straddles Wale and Dorp Streets, which included a podium in the latter, earlier this year, the provincial government announced an open competition. It called for submissions by October 15 to find “an exceptional, permanent artwork” to be placed on that specially-constructed dais…


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