For football fans that are able to appreciate the finer things in life, the Fan Walk from Cape Town station to the stadium is an artistically rich journey. Fans can see, touch and photograph themselves among the street sculptures.
The City of Cape Town called on the city’s artists to interpret the theme: “A trophy for Cape Town as the best city in the world.” The result is this vibrant and eclectic mix of designs and sculptures by six artists.
The sculptures include a gorgeous rainbow arch by Heath Nash, with the words “It’s beautiful here” forming the top of the arch.
Williard Musarurwa of Wired made a green table and chairs from twisted wire that flows down into tangled roots and up into myriad branches. The roots are a metaphor for the different directions that the people of Cape Town come from but how, when working together, they can make “something beautiful and amazing”.
The Full-cycle Tree by the Kommetjie Environmental Action Group used resused and recycled wood, plastic and metal waste to construct a festive and colourful tree. The plastic tree represents a full circle because it uses plastic, a by-product of coal, and coal originates from fossilised trees.
Other works that can be seen on the Fan Walk is Etienne de Kock’s “Dancing in a Melting Pot”, a tree represented by dancing figures, suggesting a traditional cooking pot.
The form of the “Wind Tree” by Felix Holm represents the strangely angled coastal tress often seen in Cape Town. But the “Wind Tree” bears multinational fruit, as cosmopolitan cities do.
“Implements”, a group of solid steel structures by Conrad Hicks can be interpreted as people contributing to their environment and their history.