Bespoke Sculpture Raises Stakes At Cape Auction For a Good Cause
ABOVE: Stream of Consciousness: Anton Smit, right, who is famed for a work displayed at Grand Central Station in New York, and his son, Lionel, made this piece for the Cape Wine Auction PHOTO provided/ The Citizen
Stream of Consciousness’ by internationally acclaimed father and son artists, Anton and Lionel Smit will be on the hammer at this year’s Cape Wine Auction.
The stakes keep getting higher for bidders at next week’s Cape Wine Auction, with a larger-than-life sculpture by internationally acclaimed father and son artists, Anton and Lionel Smit, being revealed this week as part of a lot on the auction.
Famed for Age of Grace, an eight-foot high bronze sculpture displayed at Grand Central Station in New York City, Anton’s vision is evident in his latest artwork created especially for the Cape Wine Auction.
The artist said the new piece, Stream of Consciousness, was inspired by a poem he wrote about spiritual enlightenment, symbolising “a silent bridge leading from the shore of this life to the eternal light”.
The work will be part of a lot at the auction at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate on February 11, an event that is also designed to help build a bridge to another world. All proceeds of the auction, which has raised R31 million since inception in 2014, go to charities that have a profound impact on educating children in the Cape Winelands.
Anton Smit told the African News Agency (ANA) on Thursday: “We always strive to support charitable organisations and we think that the Cape Wine Auction is a perfect fit, attended by those that appreciate the dedication that goes into creating such as personal piece.”
Taking six months to complete, the 3m tall work is made of steel with glass-reinforced polymer on a concrete base and was hand-finished by Anton’s son, Lionel, with automotive paint.
The sculpture will form part of the Idiom & Smit family lot number 35. In addition to the sculpture, the lot includes a helicopter trip for four, a fine dining experience, a vertical tasting of Idiom’s Cape Blend and a visit to the Smit Mountain Gallery.
A total 36 lots are up for auction at the Cape Wine Auction, which is sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth.
More information http://www.capewineauction.com
– African News Agency (ANA)/The Citizen