July 16, 2014
World Design Capital Wednesdays: Women of Steel project celebrates Cape Town’s greatest ladies
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Have you ever realised that there are only two statues honouring women in Cape Town, Queen Victoria and the Voortrekker Woman? Why is that?
There are many iconic women in South Africa’s history yet very few have been honoured and immortalised in sculpture but that is all set to change with Wonder Women, a recognized World Design Capital 2014 project, an initiative that plans to place sculptures of South Africa’s heroines along the Fan Walk in Green Point.
I am woman, hear me roar:
Albertina Sisulu, Miriam Makeba, Adelaide Tambo and Nadine Gordimer are a few of the ‘wonder women’ who will become a permanent fixture in the Mother City as life-sized steel statues, a reminder of the courage and character of the women who helped shape our country.
The idea for the project began with the Rock Girl illustrations of some of the most well-known and admired women in South Africa depicted as young girls. The illustrations, by cartoonists the Trantaal brothers, have been instrumental in helping children and adults alike to understand the motivations and choices of these great women.
Women of Steel:
Continuing in the hope of inspiring and motivating the public to explore the lives, choices and roles these women have played in our history, each statue will have a positive and a negative image to show the multidimensional aspects of their lives and personalities.
The statues are to be made by Architect Mokena Makeka using old containers and will be linked to an online platform showing photographs of the women taken by Karina Turok, while telling their stories through sound recordings and interviews. Each container will create a space for learning as well as for the boys, girls, men and women of our country to share their stories.
More than merely figures in steel, these Wonder Women will continue to inspire and educate beyond 2014.
For more information about this amazing project, please visit www.wdccapetown2014.com/projects/project/459.
Editor’s Note: This article was published with information supplied by Jenna van der Merwe of Eclipse Public Relations