Blast from the past
In 2013 I was one of the artists commissioned (after responding to an open call for proposals) to do an artwork for one of the stations of Cape Town City’s MyCiti Bus service. My artwork was originally created for the Melkbosstrand station, but were moved just a few kilometers South, to the Sandown station in Bloubergstrand. Project manager and curater Roger van Wyk coordinated the creation and approval of the artwork, after which Graphic Laminates, in Salt River, printed and installed the artwork. I still remember and smile at the challenges the HUGE files gave me. There were hiccups with the installation too, but in the end I was satisfied enough.
Looking back, would I have done things differently? You bet I would. Would my artwork look different if I did the project again? Yes, definitely. But that doesn’t matter. I am incredibly proud to be featured in the e-book for the Station Artworks with absolutely incredible artists! This includes Strijdom van der Merwe, Sue Williamson, Mak1one, and Faith47.
My work was inspired by the Melkbos plant:
Melkbos | Euphorbia mauritanica
Euphorbia mauritanica is a succulent bush, up to 1.5 m high, with branches arising from a thick root stock, with relatively few side branches, yellowish green, pencil-thin, cylindrical and smooth, with alternate leaf scars. This plant produces yellow cyathia (the term used for the inflorescence of euphorbias) that are in a compact group at the end of each young branch. The flowering period is between August and October. When the plant is injured, it produces milky sap at the cut. It is reputed to be poisonous and only steenbok and klipspringer antelopes are known to eat it. The San people use the latex (sap) for its cohesive properties, and as the sap is poisonous it was also used for their poison arrows. Today the latex is applied externally to warts and corns which are said to soften them and eventually cause them to fall off.
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