Ceramicist Sithole begins work on Durban’s latest public artwork

2014-05-23 00:00

WORK has started on Durban’s latest public artwork: a five-metre high outdoor piece by ceramicist Clive Sithole, winner of the first eThekwini Art Prize Competition.

The sculpture will be erected at the intersection of Dr Pixley kaSeme Street and O.R. Tambo Parade at the beach end of the central business district.

Mduduzi Xakaza, director of the Durban Art Gallery, which facilitated the competition, said the project aimed to expose local citizens to public art and to banish the notion that the city was a concrete jungle.

“Bringing visual art to every eThekwini citizen, irrespective of where they may be in the city, would be one of the best ways of affording everybody a democratic right to the appreciation of local artistic talent,” he added.

“It is also envisaged that such public art pieces may steadily grow in their dimensions as these competitions attract more funding and critical acclaim in the future.”

Sithole, who works at a studio in the BAT Centre in the small craft harbour, was inspired by a traditional isiZulu head-rest. Using cement, he has re-interpreted the concept of a headrest to denote dreaming and rest — with giant moon-shaped cattle horns and solar-panelled lights.

Zidhaan Pillay, who is managing the installation of Sithole’s work, said that concrete had been poured to create the base structure for the artwork and a steelwork structure was in the process of being erected.

Once completed, the site of the artwork will have viewing seats, landscaping and appropriate traffic markings.

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