Public Art

 

Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Apple Mac Head Quarters, Johannesburg (2009)

 

Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Graaff Reinette (2009)

 

Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Damme, Belgium (2010)

 

Homage to Hermes, permanent slate installation, Whistler, Canada (2010)



 

Size: 8.5m by 5m by 1.1m

Material: Marico Slate

Description: Ten tons of stacked Marico Slate

Homage to Hermes was constructed by stacking stones. Stone stacking is mankind’s oldest way of marking an important site. This work in particular references the Roman practice of stacking stones in a pile on the crossroads outside towns as homage to the mythological god Hermes. Hermes was god that artists may most relate to, being the god of weight and measure, boundaries, travels, the liminal, a trickster, traveller at night, bringer of dreams, and the bringer who allows the imagination the space to prosper.

This work was not a commercial venture, because of the enormous scale. Although the sculpture is monumental, it lies flat on its back, without showing any movement, as opposed to the traditional, more dynamic public sculptures.

The sculpture exists in an edition of four, and they stand in the Karoo, Belgium, Canada (Vancouver), and Sandton (Johannesburg).

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