World Cup bronze giant is cast in midlands

2010-06-09 00:00

A GIGANTIC Herman van Nazareth bronze sculpture, which stands six metres tall, weighs 1,2 tons and cost around R500 000 to make, has been cast by the team at Sculpture Casting Services in Nottingham Road.

The sculpture is one of a pair made by the Belgian-born artist, which will be installed at Green­market Square in Cape Town for the duration of the 2010 Football World Cup.

Titled Skating Pair, the abstract sculpture took about four months to cast and is made of 125 individual pieces that have been welded together.

Bruce Knight, who runs the Nottingham Road branch of Sculpture Casting Services, said they have been working seven days a week and until 9 pm to get the sculpture completed in time. It will go by road to Cape Town where the finishing will be done.

Van Nazareth, who alternates between his homes in Belgium and Jakkals­fontein in the Western Cape, first came to South Africa in 1965 when he was attached to the Michaelis School of Fine Arts of the University of Cape Town.

His work can be found in collections all over the world, including those owned by the Belgian royal family and South Africa’s Rupert family.

Sculpture Casting Services is a family business, founded in the 1990s by Rob Knight, who was later joined by his brothers, Warren and Bruce. The foundry has three branches — in Nottingham Road, Somerset West and Port Elizabeth.

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