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Catch the convenient MyCiTi bus between Cape Town International Airport and the Civic Centre station in the city centre, with direct onward travel to the V&A Waterfront.
At the gateway to Cape Town, the Airport station with its soaring wing-like roof is also for many visitors their first introduction to MyCiTi. It is one of the first stations opened ahead of the FIFA 2010 World Cup to celebrate the arrival of thousands of football fans from across the world.
Renowned artist Sue Williamson has etched images and text on the glass that capture the journey of travellers to the Cape across the centuries. Called a Random History of Cape Town, the work comprises a panoramic silhouette of the Cape Town coastline, from False Bay to Robben Island, with clouds floating in the sky. Quotations from the writings of travellers and visitors to Cape Town from 1400 to 1994 are engraved in the clouds. The artist calls them “little scraps of history”, or “sound-bites” to put it another way.
“They are about the food, the people, the mountain, the slaves – all sorts of different things – and flowers, beautiful lilies that somebody found on the mountain. Some of the quotes are about fishing; how you could cast your net in once and pull out hundreds of fish in a single catch. Some are about the way that Cape Town looked. One is a quote from Lady Anne Barnard about the terrible fleas," she says.
Each quotation was engraved with a distinctive handwriting, sometimes invented but in many cases copied from the original handwriting of the authors. The result is both impressive in scale and intimately intricate, and provides intriguing detail for the waiting visitors to examine as they begin their journey into Cape Town.
About the Artist
Born in England in 1941, Sue Williamson now lives in Cape Town. She is a trained printmaker, but works in a wide variety of media including photography, video and mixed media installations. Her work can be found in major art museums in South Africa and abroad.