Century City Open Air Exhibition
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Century City Arts Trail presents the Anton Smit Open Air Exhibition
Seen something different around Century City lately? A life-sized statue of a man, his arms open and his face turned toward the sky, his silhouette etches against the shape of Table Mountain in the distance. The figures of three women, balancing on the tips of their toes, circling inward. An enormous female face, its edges seemingly blowing in the wind.
These impressionable sculptures are part of a 30-piece collection that make up the new Anton Smit Open Air Exhibition.
The sculptures are spread out in public areas around the Century City precinct and the exhibition is open to the public free of charge.
The exhibition is made up of various sculptures, ranging from the ethereal Crouching Angel, a winged figure which seems to suspend in the air, to the imposing giant figures of The Walking Man and the famous masks, which have become synonymous with Anton’s work.
“When Anton approached us for a possible collaboration, we were humbled and incredibly excited at the prospect of joining forces with such a renowned South African artist”, says John Chapman, Chairman of the Century City Arts Foundation.
“You will be able to start your walking, running, or cycling tour of the collection at any point and make your way through to the end.
Each sculpture has a QR code, enabling you to find out more about the artwork as you scan the code with your smartphone.”
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Address: Century City House, 1 Park Lane, Grand Central Precinct, Century City
Century City Art Foundation contacted the artist in 2020 to purchase one of his sculptures, Voëlvry, for its Century City Arts Trail collection.
“I had a consignment of sculptures returning from an international exhibition and when we heard about Century City’s love of the arts and its goal to increase public awareness and experiences, we loved the idea of an open-air exhibition.” says Anton.
“On our first visit to Century City, we were blown away by the precinct. It is beautifully maintained, expertly designed and I could immediately picture my sculptures across all the green open spaces, some of them near the canals and others etched against the architecture.”
ABOUT ANTON SMIT:
Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental African sculptures, Anton Smit’s works grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally.
Anton collects sayings about the relationship between art and the individual artist’s experience of reality. “Art is not to render the visible but to render visible,” he asserts, and his art achieves this in many ways.
Anton achieved his first artistic breakthroughs in 1977, when he received special mention in the South African Art Association’s New Signatures competition in Pretoria. He went international when, in 1994, he put 35 sculptures on exhibition in New York at the Grand Central Station as part of the Strengthening the Link initiative to boost trade between South Africa and The United States.