Architects fly high with awards

NEW LOOK: Award-winning architectural features form part of the revamped Port Elizabeth Opera House. Picture: Supplied.
NEW LOOK: Award-winning architectural features form part of the revamped Port Elizabeth Opera House. Picture: Supplied.

Building and sculpture win top national recognition

A stainless steel Helenvale art piece of a child flying a kite, which has proved so popular that it is used as a backdrop for wedding photo shoots, has won a prestigious national award.

The piece, known as Kite Boy, is the winner of one of two stainless steel awards collected by a Port Elizabeth architecture firm in Johannesburg last week, with the other being for new features at the revamped Port Elizabeth Opera House.

The Matrix Urban Designers and Architects were announced in first place and overall winners in the architecture, building and construction category for the additions and alterations to the Opera House.

They also received a merit award in the art category for an installation at the Helenvale Community Centre.

testament to the quality of work being produced in the Eastern Cape which is able to rival world-class building on every level.”

For the Helenvale Community Centre award, Herholdt said the stainless steel art piece referred to as Kite Boy “evokes movement, upon which a figure of a young child[made] out of cast resin, balances, while looking towards the centre and flying a kite”

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