Part of the Project
This past October, Design Indaba, in partnership with generous sponsor, Liberty, unveiled the Arch for Arch in Cape Town. A nine metre tall, architectural tribute to the beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately known as the Arch, this Sunday, a smaller replica of the wooden structure was installed at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
This final installment of our #ArchForArch series looks at the ground-breaking project from inception to completion and gives a peek into the launch event which saw the likes of the Dalai Lama, Bono, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and more paying tribute to and wishing the Arch a happy birthday.
Designed and created by Craig Dykers – co-founder of Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta – with support from the Johannesburg-based Local Studio’s Thomas Chapman, the Arch for Arch consists of 14 arched beams of wood. A nod to the South African Constitution’s preamble – which consists of 14 lines – the work also serves as both a tribute to Tutu and to the founding principles upon which the democratic South Africa was built.