Local artist and architect, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, has unveiled his Landmark sculptures at Loftus Park. The installation is a site-specific artwork representing and highlighting selected prominent urban elements of historical significance in the context of Tshwane City and specifically the surrounds of Loftus Park.
These cast concrete relief sculptures represent selected iconic urban elements in the context of Tshwane City, and in particular the immediate surrounds of Loftus Park, such as the suburb of Clydesdale, various distinguished schools of the area, and the Loftus Versveld stadium. The numerous concrete blocks vary in scale, form, and position relative to the particular scale form and position of the urban elements which they represent.
From an architectural perspective, the artwork serves as a directional device, guiding people in and out of the hotel with this use of relative scale. The larger blocks representing the stadium are placed closest to the stadium itself and the blocks grow smaller as they direct people to Clydesdale and the hotel. The structures also signify the historical importance and richness of the Clydesdale suburb, as well as that of the park itself.
Every element in this installation is considered and important. Within the composition, some of the blocks, which represent the houses of Clydesdale are rendered in a very particular hue from a painting of a Jacaranda tree by Pierneef, entitled ‘Jacaranda Tree, Swaziland’. This gesture refers to the value of the Jacaranda tree as a cultural element representing Tshwane City. The gesture is also a tribute to the contribution that artists of Tshwane have made to the overall canon of South African art. Importantly, the material selected for the sculpture, concrete, is a reference to the brutalist nature of the monolithic Loftus Park stadium, in itself a South African cultural and architectural icon.
Lorenzo worked closely with respective collaborators in Parts&Labour and Wolkberg Casting Studio on the project. There was a fine balance of co-ordination between design, curation and fabrication which manifested in a strong collective effort resulting in a very satisfying and successful process. Parts&Labour were curators for all the sculptures in the precinct, of which ‘Landmark’ is one.
Photography: Markus Jordaan
Curator: Liesl Potgieter and Brendan Copestake of Parts & Labour
Fabricator: Wolkberg Casting Studio