Between a rock and a hard place

2017-12-19 06:01

A site in the Green Point Urban Park is being considered for a stone installation as part of an international project.

City officials are considering the park as a home for an art installation under the Global Stone Project.

The Global Stone Project is an international initiative based in Berlin, which aims to locate stone artwork from five of the seven continents, with a duplicate of each stone artwork remaining on the originating continent. The stones remaining on five of the continents are positioned so that once a year, on 21 June, their surfaces reflect the light of the sun back onto the stones.

The light reflected from these stones meets the light reflected from their “sister” stones at high noon in Berlin.

There, between the five continental stones, the reflected sunlight draws five invisible straight lines. The pairs of stones from the five continents selected represent the five steps towards peace: Awakening (Europe), hope (Africa), forgiveness (Asia), love (America) and peace (Australia).

The Sea Point Promenade was initially earmarked for the installation, but was not approved due to the size and permanency (“Stone art ‘too permanent’”, People’s Post, 11 April).

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services, says: “The Sea Point Promenade was initially considered as a potential site for the Global Stone Project. However, after consultation with affected line departments, it was determined that this site was not suitable. The Sea Point Promenade is currently being upgraded and a Public Art Management Plan for the area will be developed.”

However, local ratepayers have already expressed displeasure with the latest possible location, saying the installation is “just too big and bulky for such a small park”.

Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association chairperson, Jenny McQueen, has also raised concerns over the fact that the installation will be permanent.

“I understand that the Tier Garden in Berlin has some of these stones, but the Tier Garden is 210 hectares in size. It needs to be in a place with plenty of room that can take it, not the tiny Green Point Urban Park (10.5 hectares).”

Smith says: “We have consulted our Public Participation Unit regarding this project. Consultation with affected line departments, the local subcouncil, the ward councillor and the ratepayers’ association will take place.

“[The stone will be installed] after consultation with the asset owner, affected line departments, the ratepayers’ association and the local ward councillor. If the artwork is accepted as a donation, a donation agreement will be signed and plans will be made to install the artwork at the Green Point Urban Park.”

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