Artist removes Sea Point sculptures
Cape Town - The girl sculptures that could be seen on the Sea Point promenade over the last 19 months, was removed this week.
Artist Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe and her assistants on Tuesday removed all 18 sculptures in the Walking The Road series.
The sculptures were targeted by vandals several times during the months it spent on the popular hiking trail.
According to Prinsloo-Rowe this is not the reason why the sculptures are now back in her studio in Grabouw.
"The initial idea was to display them just for a year. The extra month was wonderful.
"They were not made to last that long. After their time as public property they're now back in my studio. Those that I keep, will still be exhibited," she said.
Difficult to remove
Prinsloo-Rowe together with her husband, Alex, their son, Samuel, and three assistants visited the promenade for the last time to remove the sculptures.
The sculptures of a girl and a dragonfly have been exhibited since June 2010.
"It was a process to remove the sculptures form their pedestals. After a lot of welding they were loaded onto the truck with a crane and then we went home."
According to Prinsloo-Rowe, the sculptures she recently replaced were the most difficult to remove. The new cement sculptures did not endure so much wind, rain, sunshine and showers as the others.
According to Beverley Schäfer, councillor for the Sea Point area, the city hopes to have public art exhibitions on the promenade again in the future.
"The exhibition fitted well with the promenade and became part of the Sea Point area. We hope to have more public art exhibitions in the area in future."
The City Council has no specific artist in mind who will now take over from Prinsloo-Rowe on the promenadel.