15m high in Johannesburg Cratefan Oupa stood on Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Jhb Inner City from June to August 2010. A little higher than the top of the double-decker flyover. Joburg Cratefan is named Oupa after the main guy on the scaffold team.
Just over 18m high in Cape Town, nogal sitting – so he’s big. Named Elliot, also after the main man. He is still up and s staying that way until the end of March 2013.
36tonnes of steel scaffolding (recycled before and will be recycled again) to create an armature
Scaffolding especially painted red. Red cable ties used. Clad in plastic Coca Cola crates (also recycled again and again) after a complete wrap of steel mesh to enable the cladding to sit flush. About 4000 crates used.
Design concept by Porky Hefer in 2006. Produced by artatwork working with the very calm Mark Sinoff.
“Coca Cola have shown some serious courage and imagination sponsoring these two works. Although we've seen some art made of crates and other works made of scaffolding around the world in the last decade, this is a challenging international contemporary piece that has literally confounded - with intense engineering innovation and a myriad of bureaucratic hurdles ... We have a brilliant team who somehow get calmer as the complexities got more thwart-orientated.I t's the first time we managed a project for an artist whose shown as much stamina as genius (three years looking for the funding) and we are enchanted to be alive at the same time as him. Cratefan is far out. He reminds of us our cities’ big strength and we keep expecting him to walk around.