2019 Stellenbosch, ZA

Folded Skies

For an instant, a drop of sky lands in the landscape – each an instant in time. Our installation captures colours of the South African light – dawn, dusk, sunsets.


We are inspired by the iridescent qualities of our cities and landscapes – sometimes this is heightened by the chemical compounds in our cities’ mining dust. We worked with the same pigment compounds (copper, aluminium, cobalt, ferrous) from these dusts to create instances of South African skies – a snapshot of light conditions at different times of the day. 

The shapes fold light, perspective and earth into each other, producing a blurred enmeshing of up and down, inside and outside, real and unreal.  

Capturing joburg light at different times of the day
Long term, working on research around the mine dumps
Dust as archive
History surfacing in the soil through discovering unmarked graves
Snapshop of this research
Recycling the pigments in the minesoil
Brilliant colors
Based around the myth
Scientifically proven
That Joburg has the most iridescent skies in our atmosphere that is everywhere
Tinted mirrors wit hte same pigments that we find in Joburg dust
Purely art
Typologies: Stage setting of Joburg
Interest in atmosphere and atmospheric conditions as an entry point for architecture

Architecture is so concerned with things that are static,
Design from other sources
Intangible things as a way to find form
Sunrise and sunsets as a material to reflect Joburg (specifically)
The brilliance of Southern light
Tone, colour spectrums in one ray of light

Reflection, refraction, how light folds
Polution is a contributing factor
The way that clouds respond to light
Pollution does that similarly
The colour of surfaces that it falls onto

Installed at Spier

Depending on where it is installed, the political meaning behind each environment
Winelands wealth and labour
Minedumps wealth and labour
Readings of wealth and labour in the same frame, depending on vantage point

Drawing on years of research of Joburg’s dust as archive

Creating an opportunity to reflecas individuals, in their context

Mirror bringing those places together

Our buffer zones

Wealth and labour as buffer zones

Minedumps in Joburg mediate the wealthy and the workforce

A physical division that Apartheid employed to sepearte the races

And so placing those mirrors is one way of placing those readings in the same frame

Mirrors were made of:
Mirror, steel plates, the mirrors are coated with pigments from the mine waste, including copper cobalt, nical, ferrace compounds,

Shapes have to do with bringing different contexts together
Angles of light sun and light at different times of the day