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Building bonds through art, play

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A group of Stellenbosch schoolchildren are getting ready to communicate with the artworks of Michelle-Lize van Wyk and 12 collaborators of the REBUILD art group in Stellenbosch. Art is used here as an interactive space for people from the different communities to meet each other and create new bonds and thus better understand each other’s lives and perspectives.Foto:
A group of Stellenbosch schoolchildren are getting ready to communicate with the artworks of Michelle-Lize van Wyk and 12 collaborators of the REBUILD art group in Stellenbosch. Art is used here as an interactive space for people from the different communities to meet each other and create new bonds and thus better understand each other’s lives and perspectives.Foto:

A newly created art project by Michelle-Lize van Wyk and 12 collaborators of the REBUILD art group in conjunction with the e’Bosch Heritage Project is currently on display in Stellenbosch as part of a drive to unite the communities of the town.

Titled The Vol(kleur)vol / Full(colour)ful Project and inspired by the biblical ideal city the New Jerusalem and ideal garden the Garden of Eden, Michelle-Lize sees people however as the ultimate fulfillment of these colourful pictures.

“Besides the art being exhibited we have created a space for people from Stellenbosch’s different communities to meet and create together. This is an interactive space where people are encouraged to take photos of each other supplemented by props that we provide in front of the artworks of their liking. These photos will form part of an ongoing photo art project. We want to learn from each other, see each other and understand each other’s lives and perspectives better, growing together as a result,” says Michelle-Lize.

Her collaboration with the e’Bosch Heritage Project fits in with this ten-year-old initiative whose ultimate aim is to empower communities by working together to create the surroundings in which businesses, people, and the environment can thrive.

“We appreciate Michelle-Lize and her team for these amazing creations and her idea of using art as an interactive platform where communities can interact and have fun together. This certainly complements the e’Bosch Heritage Project’s main goal which is to weave a trust fabric by getting people to know, appreciate, and respect each other.

“All in all, we want to create an environment that celebrates everyone’s human dignity and where everyone feels welcome and at home,” says Dr Sias Mostert, chair of the e’Bosch Board of Directors.

The Stellenbosch-based e’Bosch Heritage Project now in its tenth year of existence is staging a total of 28 community projects during September and October this year, all of them adapted to observe Covid-19 protocols.

The Vol(kleur)vol / Full(colour)ful Project is currently on display at the NPK Building on the corner of Plein and Ryneveld Streets in Stellenbosch after which it will tour some of the 14 “dorpies” of Stellenbosch with invited audiences in each location. Contact Michelle-Lize for more information at 082 768 6750 or Michelle-Lize@hotmail.com.

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