New artwork taking shape at clinic

2019-04-02 06:00
Community liaison officer at Pelican Park Clinic, Yushra Adams stands in front of one of the completed artworks on the wall of the clinic which is still under construction. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Community liaison officer at Pelican Park Clinic, Yushra Adams stands in front of one of the completed artworks on the wall of the clinic which is still under construction. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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The community of Pelican Park had the opportunity to contribute to the finishing touches of the new Pelican Park Clinic, currently under construction. People’s Post reported in November last year (“Blank canvas awaits artist”, People’s Post, 20 November 2018) that New Horizon local, Trevor Botha, was tasked with creating the two murals which now adorn the almost completed Pelican Park Clinic. The construction site, which is due to be opened as the area’s new clinic later this year, is being transformed from whitewashed walls into a colourful kaleidoscope of scenes which characterise the area.

With the help of Yushra Adams, community liaison officer at Pelican Park Clinic, Botha painted a green scene depicting the agricultural heritage of Schaapkraal, while other shows one of the bustling streets in Pelican Park at sunset, as you enter the community facing Table Mountain.

Added to this, Adams says she conducted a community art programme at the site recently, which further gave them the opportunity to attach their unique stamp on the facility. Adams says, that while it was a challenge to get residents together, they felt a tremendous sense of pride after the programme was completed.

“We are having a mural wall at the entrance, so we needed some clay and artwork to be done on this wall. The challenge was getting the correct people inside the building, it was about community participation in my view,” she says.

Botha’s work inspired residents to use the workshop on self-examination, which opened up sensitive topics not easily shared on a public platform.

“We are so easy to judge and easy to jump to answer, criticise,” she says, adding: “The one reflection which we showed residents that even though we come from different households, we still have the same vision. They learned a lot. I was so drained, and some of them could not even move after the session, because we accomplished a lot in the one day,” says Adams. Adams, too an artist, was guided by the consulting artist, Ayesha Price, who is also from the area.

“She knows community struggles. I introduced Trevor to her to do this project because Trevor’s work was never recognised by anyone. If you can look at Trevor’s work now you will be amazed to look at what comes out of him, because the picture that did for the clinic was a late afternoon shot in one of the busy roads, so Trevor did his work with compassion and loved the work he did. Every day he came with new energy in bringing the colours out in the correct context. The end result is nobody could believe that an ordinary man, that Trevor is, never got recognition for the work that he done, that can do such a production and he is just a community person who does not have a title to his name,” Adams explains.

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