On Thursday 4 August 2011, the Freeworld Design Centre in Cape Town played host to a bumper Women’s Day celebration in aid of the Safe Spaces campaign and the Rock Girl initiative, which aims to raise awareness about the need for greater safety for women and girls. (Ball above by Sarah Pratt)
Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, together with Grade 6 learners from Red River Primary, unveiled the latest Rock Girl bench, designed by architect and furniture designer Aram Lello. Four other Rock Girl benches designed by mosaic artist Lovell Friedman and Igneous Concrete Creations were also on display.
46 talented Capetonian artists, designers and creatives lent their skills to transforming 46 soccer balls into pieces of art. Artists were each given an ”indestructible” soccer ball from Grass Roots Soccer as a starting point and tasked with re-conceptualising the balls into collectible artworks.
The balls were sold on silent auction, with eight of the balls being sold via an adrenaline-packed live auction by Christies-trained auctioneer Peter Baird. The highest bid on the night went to a bronze ball by Laurie van Heerden, Jean Tiran and Holly Birkby, for the amount of R14 500, followed closely by a “Mandela” ball by Zapiro for R14 000. In total, the auction raised over R86 000, all of which went directly to Safe Spaces and Rock Girl, a registered charity.