The stars will be out in all their glory tonight when Cape Town’s latest display of public art is officially introduced to its residents.
The Sun Star, a World Design Capital project, will be proudly displayed on one of the city’s most famous beacons, Signal Hill. The massive lightweight installation also known as PharoX, symbolises South Africa’s 20 years of freedom with each flat side of the structure boasting a massive ‘X’ marking this historic period.
Award-winning artist Christopher Swift conceived the five-storey structure in collaboration with architect and urban visionary Mokena Makeka. Constructed from reclaimed Robben Island fencing and 4000 energy-efficient LED lights, they describe their art as “a space for inclusiveness and a shining symbol of possibility”. Swift told Smile 90.4FM that he hopes the star will bring people together and get them talking. The Sun Star will cast a light over the Mother City for the next year after which the lights will be donated to homes in Khayelitsha.
Swift and Makeka’s labour of love certainly affirms that when love and skill work together, a masterpiece can be expected.