From crocheted food and new-look gin bottles to a collaborative public mural and the winner of this year’s Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, these are VISI’s top picks of the week.
1. Lorenzo Nassimbeni’s Public Mural in Cape Town’s Observatory
Architect and artist Lorenzo Nassimbeni has created a mural on the facade of the Cape Town District Association For The Hearing Impaired in Observatory. Referring to the surrounding architecture as inspiration, students from the Mary Kihn school created collages using primary colours and shapes before Lorenzo translated the drawings into the mural.
The project was a collaborative effort between Afrika Burn Streetopia Legacy (project initiation), Karen Stewart of The Ah HA Company (project management), Thandile Giyama (project facilitation), Ralph Borland (illuminated artwork), the Mary Kihn School (participation) and OBSID (Observatory Improvement District, project support). Please find full credits at lorenzonassimbeni.com/#/nacht.
Images courtesy of Lorenzo Nassimbeni
2. Winner: Sasol New Signatures 2019
The winner of this year’s Sasol New Signatures Art Competition has been announced. Pretoria-based Fine Arts student Patrick Rulore won the award for his oil on canvas work, entitled Stage 4 Moment. “In the beginning of this year (2019), South Africa had to endure extreme shortages in electricity supply with electricity scheduled in stages,” says Patrick in his artist statement. “This painting portrays stage 4, signifying that the electricity of a large sector of the community has been cut off.” View the full list of winners at sasolsignatures.co.za.
Images courtesy of Sasol New Signatures
3. Trevor Smith’s Crocheted Food
Australian artist Trevor Smith creates colourful crocheted wool replicas of delicious feasts and home appliances, from toasters and roasts to hairdryers and platters filled with cheeses and cold meats.
Images via thisiscolossal.com
4. New Colourway From Local Brand Dark Horse
Local furniture, homeware and accessories brand Dark Horse has just released a new fabric colourway. Elm, a rich brown, is manufactured in South Africa using 75% recycled polyester. Currently, the fabric can be found on the brand’s well-known buckle stool, retailing at R2 350.
Images courtesy of Dark Horse
5. New Hope Distillery Bottles
Local gin producer Hope Distillery, previously known as Hope on Hopkins, has recently rebranded. This includes a redesign of its London Dry, Mediterranean and African Botanical bottles, which now feature a simple, clean design, each with its own bright, summery label.
Images courtesy of Hope Distillery