A new COLOSSAL Exhibition by internationally-acclaimed local sculptor Anton Smit has been unveiled, in collaboration with the Artyli Gallery on Nelson Mandela Square.
- The COLOSSAL Exhibition at Nelson Mandela Square is being staged in collaboration with Artyli.
- The title piece of this exhibition is COLOSSAL YOUTH, a four-meter – high sculpture which embodies the spirit of contemporary Africa.
- There is no charge to view the exhibition.
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Titled COLOSSAL, Anton’s collection of mesmerising pieces has transformed the Square into an open-air gallery with over twenty sculptures, spaciously positioned to be explored and enjoyed.
Art is often described as metamorphic in nature as it opens a contemplative space where our perceptions can be shifted through our interaction with a piece that speaks to us on a subconscious level. Walking through Nelson Mandela Square, you feel compelled to pause for a moment while being transformed by the beauty and power of Anton’s monumental sculptures, all of which draw inspiration from different facets of South African identity.
Anton is not only an renowned sculptor. He is also a poet and uses his poetry to describe his artworks. Of COLOSSAL YOUTH, he writes:
How the gold-striated landscape corrupted the life of man.
Making him slave to its infernal fire.
Transforming his identity from a child of the vast open spaces, to this shackled existence.
Miraculously he emerged from the pit of Egoli, stronger than before,
and now stands proud but in submission to his heavenly Father
a symbol of the City of Gold.
My flesh covers the tough clay,
my bones to rocks are metamorphosed,
that’s the cold northern star burning
in my eyes, those legs, those thighs,
my monstrous trunk, my erect head,
here it ends.
// Anton Smit
Nelson Mandela Square is home to over 70 exclusive retail outlets and restaurants, many of which are unique in the country.
We are thrilled to welcome the Colossal Exhibition to Nelson Mandela Square. Anton Smit’s extraordinary art adds a new layer of elegance and sophistication to our destination and is the perfect addition to a night of fine dining, an afternoon of shopping or while simply enjoying the splendour of the Square.
// General Manager of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, Preston Gaddy
The COLOSSAL Exhibition at Nelson Mandela Square, in collaboration with Artyli and will be available to view until 31 October 2022.
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