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Opened just in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Stadium station is both in a historical part of Cape Town and a new sporting and outdoor recreation precinct. The station is connected to the stadium plaza by a long walkway under the road, which is lined with mosaic artworks.
Artist Lovell Friedman worked with a team of 20 crafters and completed the work in a few months. The challenge was to create impact speaking to the history of the place and time but also giving the sense of a significant gateway. The basis of the design is a series of medallions, elementary circle shapes connected by lines, which form a rhythmic pattern along the walls, gaining momentum as they are enlarged towards the end of the walkway. The colours enhanced by mirrors within the mosaics which create reflective light patterns, contrasting with the grey concrete surroundings.
The circle shape has many resonances – early San imagery found in circular forms, the traffic circle, and of course the soccer ball. The imagery reflects the rich layers of history associated with the Green Point Common that the artist uncovered in her research, from the first rugby and cricket matches in 1862 to yachting regattas on the vlei and the first Kaapse Klopse competition in 1906.
About the Artist
Lovell Friedman obtained her Masters in ceramic sculpture at the University of Cape Town. Her mosaic art is a notable feature of Cape Town's public spaces, including the Mitchells Plain hospital, and both Stadium and Gardens bus stations.