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Optic Garden / 26’10 south Architects and Maja Marx

  • 01:00 - 8 December, 2010
Optic Garden / 26’10 south Architects and Maja Marx
Optic Garden / 26’10 south Architects and Maja Marx, © John Hodgkiss
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From the architect. The Optic Garden functions as a sculpture on a traffic island celebrating the 2010 World Cup and marking one of the major routes to the inner-city match venues. The project was commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency as part of a citywide public art program leading up to the 2010 World Cup.

Be sure to take a look at the video, drawings, and photographs following the break.

© John Hodgkiss
© John Hodgkiss

The standard chevron sign is used as ‘drawing material’ with 195 signs ‘planted’ to form an optic mass measuring 30m x 6m in plan. Red and white patterning associated with the traffic signs is adapted to outline an iconic image, visible from the exact point of perspective of a driver approaching Johannesburg.

As one rounds a bend in the approach road, the field of signs converges and aligns to reveal the outlines of a soccer playing field. Upon passing, the image fragments back into the individual signs - alluding to the temporary nature of sports events and their potential to bring people together. At night the lights of approaching cars and taxis highlight and animate the reflective surfaces effectively doing away with the need for additional artificial lighting.

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Lilian de Oliveira · October 26, 2011

eu vi essa escultura na áfrica do sul em homenagem à Copa: http://t.co/EAXtYwB1

doron rosmarin · July 27, 2011

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Architects Twibe · December 11, 2010

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Cephas · December 10, 2010

Drove past it a number of times, Weird feeling, good optical illusion... a bit distracting though, could indirectly cause accident as one stares at it.

Gosia Kung, AIA · December 10, 2010

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