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Sculpture Finalist 2016/Marnus Havenga

The sculptures are a pun on the transient nature of mankind and his world...

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FILM – “TOWER OF BABELAS” (THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION - IN ALL 11 OF THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES...)

By looping a short stop-start animation I propose the notion that PPC Cement actually built the first Tower of Babel in Africa (the so-called “origin of mankind”). The story is as follows: having failed on several previous attempts at building the tower, it is decided to build it in South Africa. Several things, however, go wrong in the building process with regards to scale, orientation, direction, plans and materials – until they discover PPC Cement. But then the problem of translation starts…

The sculptures are a pun on the transient nature of mankind and his world. Like artists George Segal and Claes Oldenburg, I was inspired by the sight of Pompeii, frozen in time after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

The life-sized cash register, titled “Frozen Assets”, is an ironic statement on the transitoriness of money, commerce and material values. It also serves as a reminder of man's vulnerability and fragility against monetary systems.

“The Last Word” is a frozen, post-apocalyptic typewriter with the last typed letter still in it... It recalls the last messages sent before dying, such as those sent from the Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks.

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