3CR12 Stainless steel
Dimensions variable, Copy unique
Rina Stutzer, in collaboration with DSW, created a site-specific installation titled Sway from 3CR12 stainless steel outside the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg. She was awarded the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) Art Project Award in 2014 for this installation piece.
The success of this project can be attributed to the merger of the creative team of artists from Dionysus Sculpture Works and the engineers from Certus Engineering in Midrand. DSW drafted the scanned maquette installation into a 3-D digital design, and transferred it to the required format for the laser-cutting machinery. Fence parts were laser-cut and welded together at Certus. The welded fence segments were finally handed over to DSW who managed the metal chasing, surface finishing and installation of the structure.
A singular branch of a false Olive tree, adjacent to the installation site, was used as the point of departure, which guided the shape of the laser-cut silhouette forms. The fence consists of 104 individual branch silhouettes, where no single element is repeated, as the implicated ‘movement’ continuously alters the form. The fence was created with two distinctly different dimensions, simplistic frontal vertical line dimensions, and a lively arboreal animated side view dimension. Spaced consecutively, the row of laser-cut fence blades depicts tree branches swaying back and forth, as if moved by the wind.
The vertical linear design of Sway establishes a structural visual link between Everard Read Gallery and Circa on Jellicoe, across the street.