Sometimes quaint, sometimes grand, sometimes grubby, Muizenberg has never quite looked like the home of artists and other creative beings.
That is about to change. When next you walk the streets, keep your eyes open for shoals of mosaic fish, swimming along the walls of houses, all taking the shortest route to Surfer’s Corner.
Mosaic Muizenberg is a Muizenberg Festival project, part of Muizenberg’s contribution to Cape Town World Design Capital, 2014. Under the guidance of renowned mosaic artist (and Muizenberg resident) Sue Beattie, Mosaic Muizenberg aims not just to beautify Muizenberg and give it a quirky, creative feel. The project also aims to put Muizenberg on the map as an public art destination.
Phase 1 of the project will see colourful shoals swimming through the Village area. The fish have been made by volunteers who have not only learnt a new skill and felt the pride of making something beautiful, but also engaged in a collaborative community project.
Newcomers are always welcome. Whether you are an experienced mosaicer or a complete beginner, contact Sue for details on firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 406-0522.
If you have materials to donate, Sue is happy to accept tiles (even boring beige ones), broken plates with colour on them, crockery with textures or patterns, broken jewellery, coloured glass, mirror, sea glass, tile cement, grout, trestle tables and plastic ice-cream boxes.
THE SAVE OUR SEAS Foundation, based in Switzerland, is dedicated to protecting ocean life, in particular sharks and rays. They fund projects worldwide with four permanent centres in various countries, including one in our very own Kalk Bay.