Public Art

 

Grounded, Rammed Earth and Bronze cast, Eldo square, Eldoraign, Pretoria (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

Grounded, Rammed Earth and Bronze cast, Eldo square, Eldoraign, Pretoria (2011)

Medium: Rammed earth and cast bronze

Grounded is a public sculpture commissioned by retail Africa for Eldo square in Eldoraigne. The work is of a lady on a donkey which appears to be coming out of the ground, as the donkey can only be seen from the chest upward. The work is made predominantly from rammed earth, while some parts were originally made in rammed earth but then cast in bronze so that it has the same texture as the rammed earth.

The work is in direct contrast to the typical 'Public Art Proper' male Hero on the Horse, the work is an anti-monument. It is in direct and literal contrast to the male hero on the horse, removing the elitism and intimidation one would feel when approached by the cavalry. This does not only refer to art as propaganda in its public art monuments, but also the elitism in the modern day art world. The works literally use ground as a medium, attempting to ground it.

 

 

 

 

 

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