JSE-listed Attacq this week unveiled its latest art development, titled “There is no time like the present” and located at Mall of Africa.
The sculptures, each reaching a height of 5.5 m, represent the two “faces” of Africa. “The line sculpture represents an Africa rooted in tradition; the bare bones of a continent that holds us all together. The second sculpture, built from mirror-finish stainless steel plates, allows us to see the wealth of opportunity and the inherent potential that lies within all of us, “Attacq said in a statement on Thursday.
“At Attacq, we want our buildings to represent the very best in architectural design. This was an opportunity to partner with an incredibly talented local artist and make a historic landmark in Johannesburg,” said Attacq COO Jackie van Nierkerk.
The sculpture was created by Rina Stutzer, a full-time artist and creative adviser to the collective art studio and foundry, Dionysus Sculpture Works (DSW), in Pretoria. She has participated in multiple international exhibitions in Australia, France and Great Britain; and been honoured for her work with awards that include the Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award, The Rendezvous Focus Painting award and the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Art Project award.
“With this particular piece, I wanted to create a reflective abstracted African continent, which physically acts as a binding force of the collective, showing us the image of a world that looks familiar from one vantage point, yet different from another. The sculpture holds up a mirror to our identity, our potential and our place in the world,” informed Stutzer.
“There is a growing demand for local African art and we, as Attacq, felt we should lead the charge by investing in this installation and hopefully encourage more companies to help develop home-grown talent and invest in local art,” Van Nierkerk added.