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Located near the old Milnerton racecourse, the artwork When your ship comes in is based on the concept of gambling and luck. Before 1994 horse racing was the only form of gambling that was legal in South Africa and races at Milnerton were followed by punters all over the country.
The title is a play on the saying "When my ship comes in", with artists Hannah Williams and Mark Henning making a visual comparison between Lotto winnings and ships coming into the Cape Town harbour.
"The comparison of these two values, which are not in fact related, highlights the superstition and idea of ‘luck’ that surrounds our aspirations and ideas of success," says Hannah Williams. The graphics representing ships coming into the harbour form appealing linear patterns, with a story-book feel which contrasts with the solid yellow disks representing the Lotto winnings.
About the Artist
Hannah Williams and Mark Henning, partners in design company Black Hat and Nimbus, completed artworks for six stations between the city centre and Table View. The designs are all infographics, with data relating to the surrounding areas.