Winds of change set to blow through duo’s huge chime

2013-09-24 00:00

THE design team of Umcebo Designs have been chosen as finalists in the first eThekwini art prize competition, vying for a R250 000 prize.

Robin Opperman and Ujala Jackie Sewpersad’s challenge now is to create a five-metre outdoor public art piece that would distinguish Durban from all other South African cities, and their choice fell on creating a supersized wind chime.

“We have decided on an art piece that will get other people involved, as well as communities. We are in the process of creating a wind chime entitled Winds of Change. It is a giant free-standing wind chime, the frame of which takes its inspiration from the traditional African hut silhouette from recyclables,” Opperman explained.

“Its purpose is for the public to reflect on what change means to them, be it politically or socially. The base will be made with the help of community members with the hope of future involvement in recycling,” he added.

“We are very proud of all participants. It has been a difficult process to decide on the finalists as the entries were all exciting. We are hopeful that the three finalists will all be able to participate in a joint exhibition for the DAG Gallery next year,” said Mduduzi Xakaza, director of the Durban Art Gallery.

Opperman and Sewpersad are also working on a project for the Diakonia Council of Churches.

In keeping with the theme of recycling and extending National Recycling Day on Saturday, they will present the Vines Social Justice Festival on October 19.

The main piece on exhibition is the Vine artwork, managed by Opperman and Sewpersad, who are collecting old ice-cream tubs and CDs and tranforming them into a supersized solar-powered lantern.

“For this project we are co-ordinating the art component and are collecting recyclables such as old CDs and ice-cream containers to make chandeliers, which will be used as solar-powered lighting for the function,” said Opperman.

• To donate ice cream containers or old CDs, contact Opperman at 083 793 3408 for collection or drop it off at their studio at 171 Bulwer Road, Glenwood.

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