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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Paper art

WHIRLS AND TWIRLS: The origami piece is based on water.

Staff and students returning to the Cape Town campus today will be welcomed by an unusual art installation.

A corner of the Student Centre now features an interesting origami wall thanks to first year Surface Design students.

Informatics and Design students work has traditionally been displayed within their department but an initiative is underway to ensure many more common spaces around campus get an image makeover.

Surface Design lecturer Julia Brewis says her first year students worked for hours installing the paper piece which features horns and is based on the concept of water.

“The folding piece starts from the ceiling and cascades down the wall onto the floor space covering the entire pillar. Sharp spiked cone elements also protrude from the pillar,” says Brewis.

She says she hopes many more faculties and not only FID students will take up the challenge of beautifying their common areas.

“We want to personalize the space and encourage creativity and dialogue because our campus lacks creative involvement,” she says.

“We are all very excited and hope that other disciplines will be inspired to do something.”

Her colleague Elna Lubbe says the installation will be moved to the Council Chambers soon to enable staff at the Bellville campus to view the work.

A second round of installations including wool hangings by second year Surface Design students will be displayed shortly.

By LAUREN KANSLEY

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za