Art from waste to beautify city

2013-09-13 00:00

THE humble two-litre icecream container is being transformed into a work of art for the Vines Social Justice Festival.

Umcebo Design is making an enormous “vine” installation public artwork and needs recycled materials — they need two-litre ice cream containers — preferably the cream, beige and white ones and non-operational, old or used CDs.

The festival, taking place on October 19, is presented by the Diakonia Council of Churches to raise awareness on educational, environmental and social justice issues.

The festival will have as a central symbolic theme — the Vine. A dramatic giant vine public art piece, adorned with solar-powered LED fairy lights, is currently being made out of discarded recycled materials to beautify the inner city.

The festival will be in partnership with Durban Music School, which will co-ordinate an afternoon al-fresco free music concert to be held in Diakonia Avenue. The idea is to enjoy live music, and to wander through the Social Justice Flea Market to be held in the courtyard of the Diakonia Centre. In the afternoon, the Diakonia Hall will witness a joyful celebration in music and light — involving choral groups.

The Vine art work is being project-managed by Robin Opperman and Ujala Jackie Sewpersad of Umcebo Design, who specialise in mixed media creations and services. Umcebo makes a range of highly collectable art and décor pieces, using local craft, design and manufacturing skills.

They have become synonymous with supersize chandeliers made from recycled materials, and for project managing the two acclaimed public art rhinos — Yenza and iNkanyezi.

The vine components are currently being made through a series of public participative workshops, and will be unveiled on October 19.

For further details about the festival and the workshops, contact, or call 031 310 3500

To donate ice cream containers or old CDs, please contact Robin Opperman or Jackie Sewpersad. Their studio is at 171 Bulwer Road, Glenwood (opposite the KZNSA Gallery).

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