Stone art ‘too permanent’

2017-04-11 06:00

A plan to place a stone installation, as part of an international project, on the Sea Point promenade has ground to a halt.

In June last year, then ward 54 councillor Jacques Weber submitted a motion to the Good Hope Subcouncil for the promenade to become a site of the Global Stone Project (“Prom to be cast in stone”, People’s Post, 21 June 2016).

The promenade already boasts various art structures that were implemented through the Art54 programme and the City of Cape Town’s public art frame.

The Global Stone Project is an international initiative based 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 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 meet that of 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).

Now, the request to have Africa’s stone placed on the promenade has been denied, with no alternative locations put forward.

Current ward 115 councillor Dave Bryant says the promenade is not suitable for the installation, due to the “sheer size and permanency”.

“The art project for the promenade was initially intended to serve as an opportunity for temporary art displays. This does not mean that the installation could not be placed elsewhere in the city where it would be deemed more suitable.”

No applications for other sites have been submitted and a decision on the placement of the stone can only be made once an alternative application is submitted, says ­Bryant.

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