:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa - February & March 2016 ::
:: 2016 - Varying Dimensions, approx 5m tall - Emulsion on Chimney Stack ::
:: Marthins, Regina & Family's House, Melkhoutfontein, Western Cape, South Africa ::
The image of the Swift People proved to be quite popular. On my second full day in Melkhoutfontein, project director Anthea Rossouw took me to meet all those who were getting murals, and this chimney stack proved a little challenging to find an image. After a discussion with Marthins and Regina, who liked the swift people image very much I suddenly had a flash of inspiration just as we were leaving: swift dancers flying up and transforming into swifts as they ascended the chimney. This was quite a powerful and literally-expressed image for this location.
The swift people on the rippled middle level proved to be something of a challenge, but after selecting an optimum vantage point from which to view the mural-in-progress (and from which to photograph the completed mural) it became easy to adapt the painted lines to lend the effect of unity over the inclined rippled edges. A metal manufactured ladder was brought in to paint the middle and upper levels but it proved too ricketty for use. Marthins' handmade wooden ladder, meanwhile, proved sturdy all the way to the top. A lesson in the value of craftsmanship!