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Civic Centre

The Civic Centre station is the hub of the MyCiTi bus system, with thousands of passengers converging from all directions. Comprising a main station and adjoining pods for connecting routes, its location in a notorious wind tunnel on the reclaimed Foreshore has influenced the artworks – most notably, the long, high walls and enclosed entrance, and the station structure.

With the original shoreline not far away, the juxtaposition of old city and new is the starting point for two out of the four artworks commissioned for this site – Looking Forward and Looking Back, finely detailed cityscapes travelling in space and time, by Julia Anastasopoulos, and Shoreline, a metal relief sculpture by Strijdom van der Merwe. The other two works in this station also reflect the changing face of the city's streets, with two very different treatments of the theme of transport by Heath Nash and Garfield Taylor. Nash has taken some of the sayings and slogans seen on the windows of minibus taxis and used them in a strong visual on metal panels, while Taylor’s cement-tile frieze relief illustrates the history of the bicycle and its impact on society and the environment.

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About the Artists

Julia Anastasopoulos is an artist, illustrator and designer, known for everything from product design to children's books, theatre design and performance, notably as the YouTube phenomenon Suzelle. See her work also in Thibault Square station.

Strijdom van der Merwe lives in Stellenbosch. He has a long list of exhibitions, commissions, awards and distinctions to his name, from countries all over the world. Celebrated as a land artist, he creates sculptural forms in relation to a landscape, using materials found at the chosen site.

Heath Nash was born in Zimbabwe and studied sculpture at the University of Cape Town. A range of light-shades made of wire and recycled-plastic flowers has made him a household name in the design world. He works with rural craft producers in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Garfield Taylor established and ran a special effects company from the early eighties to 1994. Since then he has worked in South Africa and Britain as a product specialist, art director, project manager and designer.

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Cape Town
25 October 2016