Design capital’s star appeal

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Cape Town – Pieces of fence from Robben Island form part of a massive installation by Sun International, erected on Signal Hill, Cape Town, as part of the World Design Capital programme. 


The SunStar sculpture seen before its first official illumination on Signal Hill on 19 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

Designed by Christopher Swift, the sculptor and founder of the Robben Island Art Company and Trust, the 24 metre-high “Sunstar” rises above a city already in the grips of a heated public debate about the value of outdoor art installations – especially those laying claim to the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. It also escaped a literal baptism of fire on Tuesday when part of Signal Hill was affected by a vegetation blaze…


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