UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to Tuesday 14th August 2018
As part of its ongoing legacy project, every year’s Streetopia event leaves some permanent works of art in Observatory – and an opportunity is available for you or anyone else to be involved in making a difference to the civic art landscape in Obs.
The first Streetopia event took place on November 28th, 2015, in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa – and the event has grown from strength to strength every year since, thanks to the support of residents, business owners and civic and non-governmental organisations in collaboration with AfrikaBurn. The result is a fantastic day of community and creativity that erupts on the streets of Observatory – and just as quickly disappears after sunset, thanks to a crew of volunteers and event staff who make sure the event area is left cleaner than it was found.
In the process, Obs gains a few more artworks on its walls and streets every year – because Streetopia’s aim is to benefit the community within which it takes place. The 2018 event will take place on Saturday December 1st, from 10am – 6pm. As a non-profit community-based event, it takes a whole village to make Streetopia happen – and a small army of volunteers too.
This year, funds have been specially allocated to leave behind several civic/public art works. To this end, we’re looking for proposals for specific sites (see more detail below) and three categories of works:
2 x Movable Sculptural or installational works
2 x Painted works
2 x Art Lights
2 x Art Boxes
How we will decide how to allocate the funds:
What AfrikaBurn can provide:
We are looking for proposals to be installed at the following sites:
Site 1 – Stanley House
Cnr Trill and Lower Main Rd
Façade facing Trill Road
There is an Art light installed on the left of the entrance already
Site 2 – Lion Corner
Near intersection of St Michael’s Rd and Lower Main Rd. Façade faces the Sasol garage. No work containing a political message may be installed on this particular site.
Site 3 – Observatory Community Centre, Rawson Street
This wall is situated within the playground of an Early Childhood Development Centre which operates from the Community Hall. This work should be appropriate and engaging for children aged 6 months – 6 years old.
A requirement for the sculptural works is that they must be movable and adaptable to different sites.
Site 1 – Park near Observatory Train Station subway on Wrench Road
Please note: this site may also benefit from a mural.
Site 2 – Village Green
Site(s) 3 – A series of small works could be installed on street lamp poles.
Site 1 Station Road Bridge – near the Market site
This is a dark walkway at night and we are looking for an innovative solution to lighting and uplifting this space. This might need a combination of art lights and art works.
There are two Art Boxes – the first is near the entrance to Café Ganesh on Trill Road, this is also near Ralph Borland’s Art Light. The second is near the entrance to Munro’s on Lower Main Road. We are looking for proposals to install mini short-term pieces in these boxes – we would like to rotate the works on display every 2-3 months.
The dimensions of the boxes are: 1500 x 100 x 300mm. The boxes are currently black, but the background can be painted a new colour. The boxes contain solar lights.
Munro’s Art Box
Ganesh Art Box:
Remember, the application form can be found here: goo.gl/forms/50HEbVMtpZdUvT1F3
Any questions can be forwarded to: [email protected]
This project was made possible in-part through funding from the National Lotteries Commission