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.
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]