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Section station is located along a former railway line in Paarden Eiland, a light industrial area adjacent to the container port. In the strong and vibrant colours that are his trademark, David Hlongwana has painted a work called "People Coming and Going". For him, the bus station represents a unique meeting place in the city, where you may encounter people from different places and diverse walks of life.
The factories and businesses draw workers from different parts of the city. “People here are coming and going. They come in the bus from different areas, from different suburbs and townships and they meet here.” The artist expresses this by focussing on what they are carrying in their hands and on their heads: "papers, books, bags…you can see they are from different areas". He depicts a parade of people and sense of life that Cape Town residents can identify with at a glance. In the variety of detail of clothing and gesture, the work provides interest and entertainment for the waiting commuters.
About the Artist
David Hlongwana was born in Worcester and studied at the Community Arts Project in Cape Town. Arrested several times for political activity, he developed his artistic work in prison and later won a scholarship to study for four years in Perugia, Italy. His work is in collections in South Africa, Europe and America.