Prom to be cast in stone

2016-06-21 06:00

The Sea Point Promenade may be a stone’s throw away from joining an international project.

Ward 54 councillor Jacques Weber submitted a motion at the recent Good Hope subcouncil meeting for the promenade to become a site of the Global Stone Project.

The Sea Point Promenade has over the last 24 months developed into one of the greatest public open spaces within the City of Cape Town, he says.

This area boasts various art structures that were implemented through the Art54 programme and some through the City’s public art frame.

The global stone project is an international initiative in Berlin to locate stone artwork from five of the seven continents, with a duplicate of each stone artwork remaining on the originating continent.

The Global Stone Project was started by German citizen Wolfgang Schwarzenfeld, who sailed around the world in Pegasus, a three-mast sailboat he built.

On every continent he looks for two stones with unique characteristics in terms of material, form and history, and each weighing approximately 30 tons.

One of the two stones remains in its country of origin, while the sister stone goes on a journey to Berlin, Germany, to the Tiergarten near the Brandenburger Gate, Parliament and the Holocaust Memorial.

All the stones are sculptured, polished and inscribed.

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 to it.

The light reflected from these stones travels in a frequency of 16 minutes around the world to meet 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).

This project has become a well-known across the globe and the motion, submitted by Weber, expresses a desire to locate Africa’s stone artwork in Cape Town.

Weber requested that the City consider the Africa Rock artwork to be placed in an appropriate location along the promenade.

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