Public Art

 

The Udder Side, The Upside Down Cow – Irene Village Mall, Centurion (2007)

The Udder Side, The Upside Down Cow – Irene Village Mall, Centurion (2007)

Photo by Elizabeth Olivier-Kahlua

The Udder Side, which Taylor conceptualised and produced in collaboration with fellow artists Francois Visser and Steven Delport. As can be surmised from the title, the piece is an affectionate send-up of the dairy cow – the unofficial symbol of Irene.

This is the best example of the ANTI-MONUMENT that Angus or the studio has made. Taking a monumental size of a sculpture but literary turned on its back. The work was casted pragmatically, the bigger bits of the sculpture were cast in a solid concrete which extends below the surface to a foundation which joins up. The focus points of the sculpture, like the hooves and teets are cast in bronze and anchored to the concrete cast.

The work is called The Udderside, referring to the other side of conventional thought. The work is a bit dystopian, as it is in conflict with hyping something as ideology/propaganda, sculpture/public art proper, where a hero is put forth that we are expected to appreciate and applause. This is a silly subject with no internal meaning as an ideology promoted by traditional public works.

DSW realised that The Udder Side would inevitably be a magnet for children and planned the construction of the piece accordingly. A small-scale model made from a clay perfected shape and proportions and this was then up-scaled using a custom DSW-built laser system. The final udder and legs, which stand more than six meters high, were then cast, in sections, from reinforced concrete. Legs and udder were topped with cast-bronze hooves and teats to complete the effect. Surfaces were pigmented and smoothed to resemble the animal's skin and also to allow children to slide and slither all over the structure without fear of harm. As an added precaution, Taylor and his team departed momentarily from their usual meticulous attention to proportion and widened the gaps between udder and legs slightly in order to avoid any danger of a child's limb being trapped if the child should fall off the structure.

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