New home for global stone

2019-11-12 06:00
Cape Town will be the only City in Africa to host a Global Stone Project. The plans for installation and unveiling of the stone in Green Point Urban Park are under way.

Cape Town will be the only City in Africa to host a Global Stone Project. The plans for installation and unveiling of the stone in Green Point Urban Park are under way.

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The international Global Stone Project, which has been in the pipeline since 2016, will be housed at Green Point Urban Park, although a date for its installation has not been set yet.

The sculptured, polished and inscribed stone symbolises peace.

The project originated in Berlin and so far the stone installation will be the only one of its kind in Africa.

Other such stones can be found in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia.

Each stone has a name.

The local one will be called Hope.

There were challenges identifying the right spot for the huge artwork project (“Between a rock and a hard place”, People’s Post, 19 December 2017).

Wolfgang Kraker von Schwarzenfeld, the Germany-based artist, explains that the stone is black granite and the same size as the one in Berlin.

Dave Bryant, councillor for ward 115, says: “I have been advised by the officials that they are waiting on final approvals after which a date can be set for the installation and unveiling.”

According to Bryant, the stone weighs 20 tons and requires a large public space.

“My predecessor submitted a proposal in 2016 to install the stone sculpture on the Sea Point Promenade. There was a lack of support for the proposed location and it was not supported by the local ratepayers’ association or the City’s Heritage department.”

Bryant says he prioritised it when he took over as ward councillor and found the park was suggested as an alternative.

“The administrative process was then started to finalise the handover and installation. This took longer than anticipated.”

He says the artwork promotes peace and unity among the people of the world and has previously been supported by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

There is no cost to the City of Cape Town as the artwork has been donated.

Elizabeth Knight, co-chairperson of the Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (GPRRA), admits that getting authorisation for the installation in the park was a lengthy process.

She says, although, GPRRA supports the project, the association has stated that in the event of damage, the City should not be held responsible and that the stone’s surface should not be reflective.

Knight says they hope the installation will take place soon.

“There is some urgency as we anticipate that Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the artist, both in poor health, will place the last stone in our park,” she says.

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