Spier Art Walk: Wine Tasting Room

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    15 Apr 2019
    Clock 20min      Length1mi
    3 ratings

    The Dying Slave - End of Tour

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    Ahead of you is the final artwork on the tour.

    Stop here while I tell you about it.

    It's called the Dying Slave and is made up of nine 4.2 m high freestanding panels that line up to form the image of a face.

    This grand-scale artwork was designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli and created by ten mosaic artists from the Spier Artisan Apprenticeship Programme.

    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.

    The panels form an optical illusion, created by the myriad coloured pieces of the mosaic.

    This side of the panels shows the negative image of the artwork, while the opposite side shows the positive inverse.

    This is where our walk ends. I hope you've enjoyed experiencing some of the artwork Spier has to offer.

    We have two other walks available at Spier. To access them, just go to Cape Winelands under the Explore tab in the VoiceMap app.

    Enjoy the rest of your time at Spier.

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