Changing face of #mycapetown | Part 2 | The Alley: Urban Facade Intervention | #TheFringe #cw2011

Fences are a barrier between those or what is inside, and the people or things that are on the outside. Instead of a blockade, they can be an interface.

The event, which took place during Creative Week Cape Town, aimed to improve and beautify a space in Harrington street between the BANK and the CCDI – two of Cape Town’s most inspiring, versatile design establishments.

The plan was to create a stunning array of moving COLOUR in an unused alleyway entrance. It is a wind-activated work on a large metal grid – made by a group of Capetonians This collaboration between veteran designer Heath Nash and the talented design duo Thingking was based on a project generated by Thingking earlier this year at the Velokhaya BMX oval in Khayelitsha. At this earlier space, 1800 white repurposed plastic windmills were attached to a fence with blessings written on them. The work was also community driven.

“If you have some impact on your environment then you start to feel accountable or responsible for that environment.” The new work for Harrington Street is constructed from the bases of MANY colourful bottles – shapes that are left over from Heath Nash’s other repurposed plastic product range “other people’s rubbish”.