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New sculpture added to Century City Art Trail

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Date 22 May 2019

An exciting new sculpture has been added to Century City Art Trail.  “Concrete present” is a 150kg concrete sculpture of a bow made by a ribbon, conceptualised and made by talented sculptor, Cristina Salvoldi. 

Cristina’s beautiful piece joins the collection of 24 art installations in the Century City Art Trail. most of the exhibits are outdoors and range from the Impromptu Pavilion in Century City Square celebrating South Africa’s diversity and its 11 official languages to sculptures by Right Mukore to the Station Walkway and its graffiti artwork welcoming pedestrians from the Century City Station.

There are also a number of scientific and technological exhibits. Some of these exhibits have been commissioned by various corporate citizens of Century City and executed by community-based and other artists

“The bow made of ribbon is delicate and flowing and thus associated with softness and movement. Movement in turn implies change and a fleeting quality that is synonymous with the passage of time.” Says Cristina “The polarities between hard and soft and between rigidity and flow reflect the dichotomy between tension and complementary nature of timelessness and time.  The artwork aims to capture something fleeting in something that is timeless.  I feel this duality ever present in the sculpting experience itself where a sense of timelessness can be felt in the moment. “

Cristina is Namibian born, resident in Cape Town since 2003.  She has taken part in Namibian group exhibitions as well as in Berlin while on an artist residency program and is currently exhibiting some of her work in galleries in Stellenbosch, Simonstown and Clarens.

“Art is an essential component of any city, as it helps provide a soul to the bricks and mortar. The aim of forming the Century City Arts Foundation, a Public Benefit Organisation, in 2017 together with the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), was to promote both performance and visual arts within Century City, ” Says John Chapman, Chairperson of the Arts Foundation and a Director at Rabie Property Group.

Chapman added that additional exhibits and partnerships were being sought so that they could continually add to Century City Arts Trail offering, keeping it alive and fresh to encourage members of the public return again and again to enjoy the exhibits.

 “Concrete Present” can be viewed on the pedestrian walkway between Century Boulevard and Kinetic Way, alongside Virgin Active.  This display area will be used for temporary art installations, with the aim of moving artwork to alternative locations should it become part of the permanent display in the Century City Art Trail.

The art trail is open to the public free of charge.

Concrete Present is currently on loan to Century City and any interested parties who wish to purchase the artwork or wish to showcase their artwork please contact Tatum on info@centurycity.co.za