Cape Town’s New Sign Illuminated with Lalela Artwork
Above: Lalela Alumni proudly show off their artwork incorporated into the new Cape Town sign at the V&A Waterfront.
In a striking celebration of Cape Town’s unique identity, the V&A Waterfront last month revealed a brand-new sign made up of artwork created by the young talents participating in our after-school programmes. The sign, which spells out ‘Cape Town’ was unveiled last month and stands tall with letters 1.65 meters in height.
‘Contours of the Cape’: A Visual Representation of Cape Town’s Unique Identity
Beyond its visual appeal, this artistic creation embodies the unique characteristics of Cape Town under the theme “Contours of the Cape.” The sign intricately incorporates 3D layers representing the topographical shapes of eight iconic Cape summits, each corresponding to a letter in ‘Cape Town.’
Each letter of ‘Cape Town is a canvas for the artistic expression of renowned artists such as Wayne Bks (aka Conform), Wes Leal, and Adele van Heerden, along with artwork from Lalela. Behind every letter of the sign, a visual narrative unfolds, depicting the rich tapestry of fauna, flora, fables, and folklore associated with each of the eight mountains. The topographical sign is illuminated with LED lights, creating a vibrant display at night that brings the showcased artwork to life.
Above: Facilitators and Lalela learners whose artwork was showcased in the new Cape Town sign had fun proudly showing their contribution to making the sign truly unique..
The Vision and Collaboration
The V&A Waterfront’s placemaking co-ordinator Karla De Le Bat explains how the project came about: “The idea was that we capture Cape Town in its amazing glory and show it to all visitors who come to the Waterfront. We wanted to use the back of the sign as a canvas to give young artists a chance to showcase their art and really tell us their story of Cape Town. We reached out to Lalela and they provided us with amazing art that we see on the sign. For us, it is so uplifting and inspiring to see young artists, from Grade 1 to Grade 12 – and their artwork is shown at a global iconic landmark.”
Emihle, one of the learners whose artwork was incorporated into the sign described the feeling when she saw her work on display at the iconic V&A Waterfront.
“It feels so good that my artwork is here and that everyone can see it. I am proud of myself. I love it!
The collaborative effort between young artists and the V&A Waterfront is an expression of the power of art and the cultural richness and diversity that defines Cape Town. The sign serves as a colourful tribute to the city’s landscapes and to all who call the city home.