FUTURE CAPE TOWN | “Open House” wins Long Street public art competition


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The artwork, entitled Open House, has been announced as the winning concept in the Western Cape Government Public Art Competition. Open House was designed by Kimberley-born artist Jacques Coetzer, who drew inspiration from “corrugated metal structures, RDP homes and the façades of Long Street’s buildings”.

According to the announcement, “its balconies will play host to open mic poetry sessions, talks by international dignitaries, theatre productions and various annual events. On any other day, this space will serve as a tree top bench for your lunch break”.

The outdoor installation is set to be 10.5 meters tall and will be hard to miss with its blazing red corrugated iron frames, staircase and balconies. As the winning design, it will be on permanent display.

The Western Cape Government Public Art Competition was established this year in celebration of 20 years of democracy and to promote design. The initiative was also aimed at promoting social inclusion,  as the winning structure need to be accessible to everyone.

Coetzer, being the winning artist, walks away with R1 million, which includes the construction budget of up to R900 000 to build and install the artwork. Further he will be awarded a R100 000 honorarium.

Coetzer’s work has been exhibited at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and has graced the Weekend Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Some of his work combines visual design and spatial planning in a public space. After completing his BA Degree in 1991, he studied New Media in Groningen, in the Netherlands in 1997.

The final installation of the Open House should be completed in 2015, followed by the official unveiling.