‘Silver Lining’ formed part of the Cool Capital Art Biennale in Pretoria. At the heart of the city centre stands the famous bronze statue of South Africa’s late President Paul Kruger in Church Square. The proposed project was to wrap Paul Kruger statue with silver tinfoil so it looks like it’s been re-casted in silver transition metal. The foil was folded around the edges of the statue and the dark complexity of the statue was changed to a brighter and new intriguing appearance.
The project addresses the way this familiar statue is perceived, to be looked at with fresh eyes, stimulating a renewed visibility and a creative interpretation of the city’s identity. ‘Silver lining’ strives to interrogate the old and by covering the statue with a silver coat deals with the process of reflection, renewal, change and innovation. The installation was temporary and was showcased throughout the biennale
(For the execution of this piece, I applied a layer of wax onto the bronze statue prior to wrapping the sculpture with foil. Foil can easily be removed afterwards leaving no trace. In addition, wax is generally applied on bronze, which acts as a non-conductive lubricant agent that protects the bronze statue. No damage has being caused to the statue).
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