“Walking the Road”: An unusual public art installation on the Green Point Promenade

A couple of weeks ago, my Capetonian blogfriend Helen wrote a post on her blog about a series of unusual sculptures that had suddenly appeared on the Sea Point Promenade.

Naturally, we had to check them out for ourselves. So, one bright and beautiful blue-sky Sunday morning, we rustled up two friends, and went for an invigorating stroll along the promenade. We had a lot to talk about as we walked, and had caught up on the last few months of stuff that had happened in each others’ lives by the end of our walk. I love the combination of spending time with good friends and getting some exercise in the fresh air at the same time.

And, of course, there were plenty of stops to take photographs of the sculptures.

Created by South African artist Marieke Prinsloo Rowe, this public art installation of 18 sculptures is called Walking the Road, and it will remain in situ until June 2011. The story, as told by the series of sculptures, is beautifully illustrated and narrated on her website. She explains:

“The Little Girl in my fable-like interpretation thus represents a young South African democracy and the Dragonfly visualises a dream of freedom, equality and hope that we as a nation pursue.

On a personal level, it is also a reminder to each of us of the hope that we individually live for and of the dreams that mark our lives, our own story.”

The figures were originally sculpted in clay, before the moulds were made, and cast in concrete. Once the plinths had been installed on site, the figures were mounted ontop, and the last finishing touches – such as painting the figures red and white – were made.

Here’s a slideshow of the pictures I took, with captions. Hope you like them!

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5 thoughts on ““Walking the Road”: An unusual public art installation on the Green Point Promenade

    • Actually, I used the email address on her website to write to her; I sent her the link to my post, and told her about your comment/question, Truels! Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if she does take it to your country? 🙂

  1. I so enjoy looking at this Art installation on your Sea Promenade ! Very symbolic and creative. Hope and dreams do mark our lives and what a better way to express them in Art ? Thank you very much for sharing your walk along the ocean.

    • You’re welcome, Isa. We haven’t walked along that section of the promenade in a long time; I think the figures are still there, but read in the papers that some of the plaques had been removed by some horrid people who figured they could sell them for scrap or something. I need to go and check it out.

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