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Someone vandalised the giant sunglasses on the promenade [pics]
Posted by on Nov 18th, 2014

The hotly debated giant sunglasses on the Sea Point promenade have been vandalized overnight. The art installation has been a talking point since the launch a week or so ago and clearly there are people who are not happy. Not gonna go into the whole drama right now, just gonna just post the pics of the defaced sunglasses from this morning. The installation is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, entitled Perceiving Freedom and were created by Michael Elion.

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Pity. The sunglasses look out toward Robben Island and the graffiti on the lenses are a clear message to Madiba.

Now you know.

[thanks MC and @MrTuckbox]

UPDATE: an anonymous group called the Tokolos Stencil Collective have owned up to defacing the Madiba sunglasses.

“Tokolos Stencils intervenes in white supremacist corporatist art. Myopic art leads to and is a reflection of a myopic society. But on the master’s sunglasses, there is always space to broaden our vision so that we can all see the bigger picture.

Only the tools of interruption and resistance will every be able to assist the people in dismantling the master’s house”  [Tokolos Stencils]

Andrew says:
November 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

What a pussy thing to do. If you feel so strongly about it, vandalise it in broad daylight. Show every one what a true hero for the arts you are. All this spineless prick did was show everyone how he or she can’t stand by their principles.

Savage says:
November 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

Ya. Clearly some people are unhappy with the fact that it appears to have an associated brand connection when their really isnt any blatant branding apart from the shape. That aside though there is a definite vibe of commercial promotion which is whats making people uneasy.

Andrew says:
November 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

I can appreciate the fact that people complain about the commercial angle. HOWEVER this begs the question – are the guys complaining about the commercial aspect donating money to the arts? Are they helping to pay for art installations out of their pockets? Are these “art critics” doing fund raising so that artists can work without the help of big business? I highly doubt it, because if they were, then guys like Michael Elion wouldn’t have had to go to Ray Ban for financial backing.

So not only are these guys too pussy to make a stand in broad daylight, they are hugely hypocritical. This smacks of “we didn’t get the gig, so you shouldn’t either”. I want to kick people like that in the face. Repeatedly. With a steal tip boot.

What really gets on my tits about this is the fact that these “art critic” (I put it in ” ” as it is so laughable) types are dictating to me what I can and can’t look at when I walk on the Sea Point prom. Don’t do it man. We don’t live in Myanmar. You can’t dictate to me what I can or can’t look at, enjoy or not enjoy or piss on or not piss on. It doesn’t work that way. This is the same as when Marieke Prinsloo Rowe’s sculptures of the girl and the dragonfly was repeatedly vandalised because some art knob didn’t like it. You don’t like it so you break it? What? Are you in the EFF? Is that SERIOUSLY how you go about sorting things out that you dislike? It’s pathetic, neanderthal and frankly it makes me question your upbringing. Your parents must’ve been tik koppe if that is how you turned out.

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