As part of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square Upgrade by the City of Tshwane, a large-scale public art implementation process was launched.
Facilitated by The Trinity Session, a group of 40 local artists engaged in workshops over a 4-week period. These workshops were driven entirely by the artists’ narratives and story telling. Through this process, the artists were able to use the stories to inform their drawings, paintings and sculpture. In addition through the sharing of deeply personal and emotional stories, and stories of strength of the human spirit, the artists were at times, able to reach moments of reconciliation, personal healing and pride in their heritage. An exhibition was held to showcase the work that was produced during the workshop. The community and professional team was invited to view the exhibition and cast votes for their favourite pieces. An adjudication committee selected a number of works for implementation for phase 1 of the upgrade. The 8 artists, whose work was chosen for implementation, went into a design process where their works were adapted for the site. From here, the works went into production with artists being afforded the opportunity to take part in the production of their works. The works are not only unique in their integration into the design of the site and tell relevant stories, but celebrate the creativity and expression of the artists of Mamelodi.
Acknowledgement of artists who took part in the process:
Aubrey Motau, Bongani Ntuli, Busi Ka Mgiba, Cedric Mamabolo, David Mashego, Dineo Mashabela, Emmanuel Rakabe, Franz Monoa, Godfrey Mahlangu, Ishmael Lehoko, Ivy Seleka, Jabu Maune, Jeremiah Langa, Jeremiah Mnisi, Jowi Matlala, Lucky Moraba, Manoko Mokgonyana, Maxwell Sibisi, Moses Mafiri, Neo Mpye, Obed Mahlangu, Peter Mothiba, Samuel Mokoena, Samuel Mpila, Sekqebetlwane Mosuoe, Sello Selloane, Solly Maringa, Steven Raulinga, Strydom Manganyi, Tebogo Moodie, Thabiso Skosana, Vincent Molepo, Zanele Seopetsa