Friday, 30 May 2008

daddy long legs...

OK, I have decided to reveal my entry for the Daddy Long Legs Airstream Trailer open invitation. We are still waiting for the results - so hold thumbs! ; ) The idea is that they choose a couple of people from the entries received to decorate some Airstream Trailers that will be parked around South Africa for some self-catering accomodation. I think it's a fab idea and also love the boutique backpackers hotel with the same concept that they have in Long Street Cape Town. The "competition" has been arranged with/through the What if the World Design Studio.
So I went with the bunny theme - hope it's SUCCUSSFUL!!!

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

john skotnes sculpture

While trying to spot a sclupture that someone told me about (and I still have not been able to find...) I came across this sculpture in Thibault Square, Cape Town. I find it very interesting. It was put up in 1994, designed to celebrate diversity, by John Skotnes.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

cape town - the gardens...

Yesterday was a misty but eventually beautiful summer's day in Cape Town! I spent it with my mom and dad, going to Rhodes Memorial for breakfast. Then we were off to the National Gallery to attend a walk-about given personally by Panchos Guedes. And then had a brief stroll in The Gardens and these red and white painted drums caught my eye. It seemed as though Strijdom van der Merwe might have carefully placed them there... a bit of land art.

And of course the squirrels are always present and very inquisitive!

Thursday, 22 May 2008

pancho guedes

What a turn-out! I have not seen an exhibition opening like this ever! So Pancho is currently 84 and very lively! Talking about the Republic of Eclectica, and a whole lot more...
I also like the National Gallery very much, such a nice interior with "skylights".
Pancho has a passion for art and architecture, and really integrates the two. See some of his art work below.

"This exhibition was originally commissioned and produced by the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel from September 2007 to January 2008. Curated by Pedro Gadanho, it focused on Pancho’s extraordinary achievement in Mozambique, where he was involved in 500 projects.
A component of the exhibition, curated by Henning Rasmuss and Dagmar Hoetzel, introduces his work in South Africa, which remains largely unpublished and little known. It has never before been shown in South Africa or Mozambique, the two African countries in which he exerted enormous influence.
Born in Portugal, Pancho went to Mozambique as a child, but attended high school in Johannesburg and obtained his architectural degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. On leaving Mozambique he became Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Wits from 1975 to 1990. He was the first internationally acclaimed Portuguese architect to represent his country at the Biennale di Venezia in 1976 and again in 2006.
At a time when little attention was paid in South Africa to the aesthetic production of the African continent, Pancho tirelessly promoted vernacular architecture and the work of African artists. It is a privilege to be able to view the full retrospective of his oeuvre."

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

architecture & art...

Tonight is the opening of architect Pancho Guedes's work at the National Gellery in Cape Town. Pancho will be there, and the exhibition will be opened at 18h00 by Professor Neville Dubow. Maybe I bump into you guys there...

And then...
HENNIE MEYER is having an exhibition and you are all invited to...

... join us for a glass of wine
at the opening of


on Saturday 31 May 2008 at 12 noon.

The A.R.T.Gallery

205 Second Floor
The Colosseum Building
3 St.George's Mall
Cape Town

Hours: Mon - Frid 10h00 - 17h00
Sat. 10h00 - 13h00
The Exhibition closes Saturday 21 June 2008
cell: 082 575 7969 / tel 021 419 2679 / email :

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Happy 100 to me!

(Photo credit : aperryz302' - flickr)
Today is my 100th post! I cannot believe it - but
"believe it, 'cause it's true"
(as Corne & Twakkie would say)...
So hope you guys enjoy my posts - and hopefully there will still be many more to come...

Monday, 19 May 2008

Jaco Sieberhagen ... trapped in history

An exciting solo exhibition is taking place at the Johans Borman Art Gallery from 22 May - 06 June 2008. Jaco Siberhagen's exhibition titled "Trapped in History" looks very interesting, and I am going to try and attend the opening eveing on Thursday, 22 May 2008. All the art works are laser cut mild steel with a paint finish.

This is my personal favourite... "run [a] way slaves".

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Verna Jooste ... scenes

Verna Jooste also exhibited with Lene Tempelhof at art.b in Bellville recently. As far as I understand, she is also involved at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She created these old fashion toys, where when you press the button on the bottom the whole figure collapses... except of course hers have been created in precious metals and stones...

"Die man van my hart"
I LOVE the shadows that these little gems create on the wall, it adds a whole new dimension.
"Up, up and away"
As Verna really wanted people to handle her work, the little girl's balloon came undone on the opening night. A pity, but I am sure easily rectified.

"The one, the only"
I really like her work!

Lene Tempelhof ... scenes

This is Lene's exquisit work that is being exhibited at art.b in Bellville in the group exhibition SCENES. Unfortunately the exhibition closed yesterday. Lene is one of my bronze class lecturers. I really like Lene's mix of materials, which include bronze, ceramics, cement & wood.

The one above is one of my FAVOURITES! I really love the red colour with the muted natural colours. Really beautiful.