Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront

Nelson’s Column (Ghost)

Christopher Swift
Nelson’s Column (Ghost), Robben Island fencing, cable ties and scaffolding , 250 x 250 x 900cm
Photographer: Vanessa Cowling


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Kyle Morland, Daniella Mooney and Christopher Swift at Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront

Award-winning artist, Chris Swift, along with ten young artists from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, participate in this exhibition which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release and the lead up to the 2010 World Cup. The artwork is constructed from the original prison fencing from Robben Island: artists use it to negotiate personal representations of South Africa’s socio-political landscape and the legacy of Mandela. Says Chris Swift: 'Recycling discarded material for art – particularly inanimate objects as historically significant as fencing from Robben Island – is a way to turn an oppressive, limiting symbol into something that is freeing and hopeful'.

06 April 2010 - 31 May 2010