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This series of murals printed onto vinyl looks at the historical and architectural influence of Louis Michel Thibault after whom the nearby square is named. Thibault was the first professional architect in Cape Town and his work from the late 1700s and early 1800s had (and still has) a significant imprint on the city. After qualifying as an architect in France he came to the Cape as part of a military mission in the service of the Dutch East India Company.
Thibault collaborated with sculptor Anton Anreith and builder Hermann Schutte to make many notable buildings for private and public commissions, including some surviving such as the Granary, Koopman's de Wet House, Groot Constantia ( The main gable and wine cellar) and many more.
Artist Julia Anastasopoulos worked with hand-drawn plans attributed to Thibault. “I was drawn to his use of concentric circles in a design system, and loved the diagrammatical blueprint feel of some of the representations. This may be a strong point to explore, especially considering the concentric system seemed to have influenced his contemporaries and in turn, the development of architecture in 19th century Cape Town.”
At the same time she explored colour as a means to give the work a bright, contemporary feeling. In combining the lines and shapes in the Thibault drawings with bright primary colours, she achieved a work with echoes of Joan Miro and Alexander Calder. The artwork beautifully realises the challenge of balancing a boldly colourful yet transparent design, and creating an installation that is both historically informative and bold enough for an urban space.
About the Artist
Julia Anastasopoulos is a freelance artist, illustrator and designer living in Cape Town. She is known for her work in a wide variety of mediums from product design to illustration for children's books, theatre design and performance. She also completed the impressive cityscape murals at Civic Centre station.