Public Sculpture Project
The Sculpture Festival emerged from the collective inspiration and energy of many. It was adopted as a project by the Museum in March 1997, when a steering committee was established to guide the project forward. This committee consisted of a number of stakeholders which
Each of these
The aim of the project was to mark the District Six land –its past destruction, its current contestation
The Sculpture Festival in District Six offered artists an opportunity to challenge the nature of public art. The artists worked collectively, motivated by their own passions and convictions, with a shared commitment to the project. More than fifty artists – led by Kevin Brand, who was himself born in District Six – enthusiastically sought materials and equipment, pooled ideas and, inspired by stories told by former residents, worked together to create a sculptural landscape in District Six. Such collaboration
The Festival opened on Heritage Day, 24 September 1997, with a celebratory procession from the Grand Parade to the festival site in District Six, led by the
The sculptures varied in concept, scale, and material. The works were not intended to last beyond the duration of the exhibition and it was accepted that some would be bulldozed during the redevelopment of District Six, or would be dismantled by the natural elements especially the south-easter.