Design of the week: Reinventing debris

2014-07-06 15:00

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The daily pedestrian commute amid the hustle and bustle of the Joburg inner city can be a dangerous affair.

Fast cars, minibus taxis and broken street lights produce a need for imaginative road markings. People get knocked down by drivers who don’t see them.

This created a gap that IO Makandal, an artist based in the city, sought to fill with her See Me Poles.

Makandal is described as “a multidisciplinary artist whose work is created through reappropriating urban debris and found objects”.

So her solution to a need for beautiful and imaginative road signs to help commuters be seen uses orange construction cones and plants.

The contraptions she has created are erected at various street corners near the Maboneng Precinct. They act as both road markers and public pot plants.

They are useful, ecofriendly objects that bring vegetation to an otherwise grimy concrete jungle. The work was part of the Absolut residence programme.

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