JULIO Rossouw from Beachview has designed a smaller version of the renowned Eiffel Tower and has erected it at his art gallery in Parys, Free State recently.
Rossouw, who has been a metal artist since 2004, said it took two months to build the eight-metre-high tower at his workshop in Deal Party.
The tower was built in four sections to make it easier to be transported to his gallery in Bree Street in Parys and less difficult to assemble.
Rossouw said he is the only person in the world to create realistic metal art pieces.
He further said many people from neighbouring cities travel to Parys for artwork and he has placed the tower in front of his art gallery to attract more people to the centre.
“The centre which is next to the Vaal River has always been busy, but since the arrival of the Eiffel Tower many more people have visited the centre to take pictures of my design,” Rossouw said.
Julio Art Gallery is located at the centre next to four other art galleries which are also on the premises.
As part of the Eiffel Tower’s 130th anniversary, Rossouw said he wanted to create an Eiffel Tower that is like the one in Paris, France, since the town’s name derived from the capital city.
He said he did research to find out about the sizes and the proportion of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to build his tower very close to what the real Eiffel Tower looks like, but in a smaller dimension.
“My tower is proportioned and detailed. The Eiffel Tower is exactly 40 times bigger than my tower and it has the same shape,” Rossouw said.
Since the tower was erected in Parys, Rossouw said he has received a lot of compliments about his design.
Apart from metal art, he also enjoys abstract painting, realistic painting, creating sculptures and functional art.
Rossouw was diagnosed as colour blind in 1983 when he started an apprenticeship as an electrician and left after two weeks, due to his deficiency.
Despite being colour blind, he still enjoys painting with a variety of colours.
Rossouw said when he creates an art piece, he makes use of all the things that interest him such as engineering and animals to form his unique art.
“My whole life experiences are all inspiration for my work,” Rossouw said.
Although he doesn’t have a gallery in Port Elizabeth, some people in Port Elizabeth hear about his artwork through word of mouth and contact him for unique art pieces.
“When people purchase my work, they can be reassured that they are the only people in the world that have that specific artwork. I do not make duplicates of my work,” Rossouw said.
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