Spier Art Walk: Hotel
The Dying Slave
As you enter the car park, the nine panels ahead will slowly line up to form the image of a face.
Stop here for a moment to take it in.
These 4.2m high freestanding panels form the Dying Slave.
This grand-scale artwork was designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli and created by ten mosaic artists from the Spier Artisan Apprenticeship Programme.
This social upliftment programme aims to provide emerging artisans with quality training, giving them the necessary artistic and business skills to run their own businesses upon graduation.
This was the first outdoor piece created with artists from the programme.
It took five months to create the artwork with 225 000 pieces of limestone, marble, granite, porcelain, Italian tiles and other handcrafted ceramics.
The image is based on Michelangelo's sculpture Dying Slave. Cianfanelli chose the image because of its reference to masculinity and as a counter to the Golden Muses, an artwork you'll encounter at the next stop.
The panels form an optical illusion, created by the myriad coloured pieces of the mosaic.
This side of the panels shows the positive image of the artwork, while the opposite side shows the negative inverse.
When you're ready, make your way through the columns and continue along the path.