Response for Tamlynne Thompson, Cape Towner
16 February 2018
When was the programme launched and what was the thinking behind this?
Since 2014, a number of sizable outdoor artworks and sculptures have been installed in public plazas and open spaces around the property. The artworks form part of the V&A Waterfront Art in Public Places Programme.
During the construction phase of the iconic Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), the V&A Waterfront made a commitment to showcase South African art to the public, both inside and outside the state-of-the-art museum.
The concept behind Art in Public Places is that works of those exhibiting inside the museum should not be totally confined within the museum’s walls; instead, the museum’s artistry should spill out to the rest of the property, with the outdoor areas becoming something of an open-air art gallery the public could appreciate at any time.
Does the entire Waterfront precinct form part of the programme, or is it just for the Silo District?
The entire V&A Waterfront property forms part of the Art in Public Places initiative.
See Michele Mathieson press release for quotes about this.
What and where are the other public art around the Waterfront? Please explain.
To date, installations include works by talented artists from around the African continent and beyond such as Noria Mabasa, Mohau Modisakeng, Cameron Platter, Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Claudette Schreuders, and Gavin Younge.
The statues of South Africa’s four Nobel Laureates in Nobel Square are indicative of the popularity of outdoor art, and the public frequently poses for photographs alongside them.
(see press release for information about Michele Mathison’s ‘Angular Mass’ installed last night)
What can people expect to see next?
The Art in Public Places committee aims to install one major work each year. Exciting plans are in place for 2018 and these will be announced when each work is ready to be unveiled.