No 7 Castle Hill is a favorite spot for both young and old (and in between as well). I have been there so many times and always see something that I haven't seen before. It also helps that the museum has a passionate curator in Mrs Grizel Hart who really cares deeply for the museum and it's history. There is often not a day that passes without a school group coming through the museum but every now and then there is a group to be remembered. Every year the kids (I'm not sure but I think it's about grade 4 or 5) from St Georges Prep visits all dressed up in period clothing. Grizel dropped me a line a couple of days before their visit and I made sure I was there to snap a couple of pics of them.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Grand White Dinner has taken place in London, Paris, Berlin, Cape Town and now Port Elizabeth. On Saturday afternoon I got to attend the first Grand White Dinner taking place in the Friendly City with compliments of the organisers of the event. I wasn't sure what to expect but was blown away from the moment we walked through the gate. Everything was laid out perfectly with somebody on hand right from the start to show guests where to go. Best of all, people went all out to keep to the white with a touch of green theme. The only one that didn't play along was the weather with a coming cold front causing the notorious PE wind to come to the party as well. And thanks to that, mixed in with the flu that kept me in bed the whole of Sunday, we unfortunately ducked out before it got dark. From the photos on Facebook we missed out on some serious fun after dark.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
After yesterday's post of the bus station art, we are staying on Strand Street under the freeway. Ten art pieces called Identities by artist Lubhi Mtathi can be seen on the freeway pillars. The series are all powerful and evocative portraits that depict young South Africans from a range of cultural backgrounds dispelling racial and cultural stereotyping.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Everybody who has taken the bus into town and gotten on or off in the downtown bus station would remember how dark and dodgy it used to be. Since it's been opened up as part of the Strand Street and Route 67 redevelopments things have changed a bit and its a lot more open and lighter.
Adding even more colour and cheerfulness to the area is the Route 67 Bus Station Mural by 4BlindMice celebrating public transport and the daily journeys undertaken by the people of Port Elizabeth. There's even a figure in the painting that looks like Riaan Cruywagen. Wonder if it was on purpose.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I took a late afternoon walk around the Kings Beach area a couple of weekends ago and just realized again how the development has enhanced the beachfront. The small lake really is a great addition to the area even though a lot of people are moaning about it, but it seems that some folk would always nitpick and look for something to complain about. The lake however is having a couple of problems but the Mandela Bay Development Agency who is responsible for the development is looking into it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Route 67 has some very distinctive art pieces, some easily identified for what they are and others a little more abstract. At the bottom of the Donkin Reserve at the start of the winding Election Queue walkway stands the very abstract tower sculpture. The Tower Sculpture acts as a beacon at the start of the journey onto the Donkin Reserve. The design allows for the tower to respond to the surrounding elements to allow wind and light to bring it to life. The historic Phoenix Hotel is visible just across the road from the sculpture.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Is it a surf board? Is it a sail boat? Is it a seat? Well, its kind of a combination of the lot. Windward is one (or rather three) of the art pieces forming part of Route 67 on the Donkin Reserve. The shape of the sculptured benches hint at Port Elizabeth's nautical history while the title refers to city's "Windy City" nickname. The seats are made to look like a combination of a surf board and a sail boat to carry over that message.