Shack art

by sandy on May 1, 2010

The little gems we picked up along the way, are finding homes around our house now that we have settled back. This pint-size work of art, measures 6 x 4 inches and was bought in Green Market Square in Cape Town, home of an amazing local arts and crafts market.

shack art

What amazed us, apart from the ridiculously low price (we did not even think to haggle) was the ingenuity of so much of the craft on sale. Folk with little, are brilliant re-cyclers.

This portrait of a shack village is not only entirely realistic visually, but is made up of much of the same materials from which real-life shacks are made including scrap sheet metal and flattened soft drink cans. It has been painted on reject compressed hard board.

The playful children in the front may be poor but they are full of zest. The little boy, three from the left, is playing a vuvuzela – a stadium horn, which now abound in South Africa as the Soccer World Cup approaches. The noise will be deafening! And the little chap on the right is involved in the time-honored game of rolling an old bicycle wheel around with a stick. I remember seeing children do that when I was a child and my mother recalls it too.

It sits on my desk and makes me smile. It also makes me homesick for Africa.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana May 4, 2010 at 03:47

Nice job at upcycling (recycling). Bright, Beautiful picture.

susan gillman May 5, 2010 at 09:27

My favourite kind of art. It is just beautiful.

Zanny May 7, 2010 at 00:49

The children have so little and yet make the best of their situation using their creative skills, and always have done..

jenphillips May 9, 2010 at 17:52

Love your picture. I have something of a similar vein – it shows the folks lining up to catch the bus home after market day and it is so AFRICA – I will always keep it.
Love Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak in the background of your -oh how I would love to visit C.T. again.

Pam Lee May 28, 2010 at 22:23

A most interesting picture – so bright and true to life. To think that these creative skills are being rewarded – however small – is wonderful.

Nancy Liebner June 7, 2010 at 16:18

could you sell these onthe website and help out the local artists and KASCare at the same time? Much like the does? It sells fair trade items from local srtisans around the world and I try to buy from their first when looking for a gift, piece of jewlery or yarn. thanks for listening and now back to my knitting squares! nynancy

Jeanne Haessler June 24, 2010 at 17:42

I must say I would love to own a piece or two or three of such art. I thought that first time I saw this picture and I’m still thinking it. I suppose postage would be nuts, but wow, it would be so cool to be able to buy crafts or art from those people.

Jeanne :)

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