Art & Places: Beaded wire art in Cape Town

When I visited V and A Waterfront in Cape Town, wire beaded sculptures exhibited outside of the main entrance of African Trading Port captured my eyes.  They were huge,very fine and the detailings were magnificent! I wonder how long does it take and how many beads were needed to create one big sculpture. But one thing for sure, this kind of art needs tons of perseverance. It is just amazing that these wire arts are created from wire, beads, tin cans, and other recycled materials. Other than big sculpture like the above, smaller pieces of the wire art in the form of keychains, dolls, decorations, etc, can be found at the  Waterfront Craft Market.

According to this website, it is believed that this wire art originated in South Africa’s rural Northern Kwazulu-Natal. Young herd boys were the first to introduce these works of art. Designing wire creations from any recycled materials they could find, these boys produced some of the most magnificent, functioning appliances—they even built cars! Their inspirational wire creations encouraged other locals to participate in this highly marketable art form.

 

40 thoughts on “Art & Places: Beaded wire art in Cape Town

  • May 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm
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    beads and wires plus recycled materials? what a cool art installation! :)

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  • May 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm
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    bahagian mana dia guna tin cans, k.em? mata ke?

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    • May 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm
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      I think so the mata. Untuk nak buat frame binatang pun boleh, basically cut the tin jadi panjang-panjang macam wire.

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  • May 16, 2012 at 1:09 am
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    wow, I thought it was real !

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      • May 21, 2012 at 9:34 am
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        tula. hebat tu buat dengan wayar2. boleh nampak real. :-O

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        • October 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm
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          Tak sakit ke tangan dia orang , kan?

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          • October 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm
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            Buat sclupture, susah

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  • October 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm
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    I’m quite surprise.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm
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    Tak tahu pun wire art is originate from SA

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  • October 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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    Yes, I bet they have plenty collections of beautiful beads.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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    Damn, my computer is so slow… :'(

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    • October 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm
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      really, i almost giving up lah.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm
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    I dont think i’m gonna win this commenting race, Kak Emi… :'(

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm
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    By the way, SA pun ada banyak children’s stories, kan?

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm
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    Oh baru ingat, orang SA suka hias rambut dengan beads kecil-kecil.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm
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    Ada macam-macam pattern atas kepala. Hehe

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm
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    Boleh beli dan buat gelang.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm
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    Gilrs love them to make friendship bands!

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm
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    Mana gambar wire art dalam bentuk keychains?

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm
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    teringin nak tengok!

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm
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    Tapi mahal ke harga beads di sana?

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm
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    But I was expecting more colourful beads.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm
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    Tapi dalam gambar tu, semua dark colours!

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm
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    or memang semua warna macam tu?

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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    I wish to see some colourful beads on the art works.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm
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    So they are more into this sclupture.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm
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    memang org yg buat ni… penuh kesabaran….. 😀

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    • August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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      Kan?? Nak masukkan beads sebiji-sebiji….

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