07 Dec 2017

Mvula adds white marble rhino to public art

Mvula adds white marble rhino to public art

_Written by Annapaula Vakamuena

At Fidel Castro Street, in the midst of buzzing busy city traffic, students and lectures catching up with the curriculum, is a white rhino, being brought to shape by sculptor Alfeus Mvula right at the entrance of the College of The Art’s main campus.

Mvula has been working on the life size rhino white marble sculpture for over 9 weeks and days he says, as he engraves the final touches, contours and features to the rhino describing it as a tough process bringing to life his biggest sculpture ever. “However I am passionate about working with stone, I’ve loved the process” Mvula says.

The white marble stone is donated by Karibib Mining to Mvula. The original shape of the stone was narrow top to bottom which he says made it easier for him to carve out the animal as it would have taken longer if it was broader. Mvula created the rhino with a manual chisel and hammer he had not power tools. The sculpture is an impulse to start a Namibian public art era as much as it is to create awareness towards the conservation of rhinos in Namibia. It is an addition to the save the rhino fight through public art, it is an advocate for both the preservation and appreciation of Namibia’s wildlife and art.

“I want to motivate public art in all forms, be it performing, sculpturing, painting, it is up to us to make history through art,” says Angelika Schroeder, Director of the College of the Art.

In the same vein Snobia Kaputu, Chief Executive officer of the National Art Gallery of Namibia added that Mvula’ s sculpture will serve as an example for the art community, saying that “we need to instigate the tradition of public art.

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