The Knysna Art Project encourages locals, domestic and foreign tourists to explore more of the greater Knysna area, discover all it has to offer, Instagram it and share with the rest of the world.
As part of the Art Project, six iconic Knysna sites were earmarked as spots for unique art installations, however, the enthusiasm and community spirit in Knysna meant that the original plans developed and grew into something much bigger. When communities heard of the plans for their “site” a creative process began and various communities worked together to uplift and beautify entire areas.
- Sculpture at Judah Square, The Knysna Art Project has been a year in the planning but will soon be rolled out with the installation of a show-stopping 2.2m sculpture of a Rastafarian priest at the iconic Judah Square in Concordia, home to South Africa’s biggest Rastafarian community. Local ceramicist Eugene Lewis is working on the final touches under the mentorship of well-known sculptor and artist Suzanne du Toit. Read more….
- a giant nautilus made from stainless steel and indigenous wood at Thesen Harbour Town on Thesen Island, in front of SANParks offices;
- stainless steel impressions of Knysna fynbos and butterflies at Belvidere and Brenton on Sea;
- a series of surfboards painted by local artists will create a “boardwalk” at Buffalo Bay, Read more…
- and in Sedgefield a mosaic VW beetle by NPO Masithandane will be the latest addition to the town’s Mosaic Route. Read more…
- In time,Knysna’s CBD will also be cheered with existing “Knysna in Bloom” pots along the Main Road being turned into creative canvases; the initial installations of the latter being outside the Visit Knysna information office.
Knysna is set to reclaim the town’s position as a “must go” destination on the art map.
The project is a collaboration between the Knysna Art Society, Visit Knysna (Destination Marketing Organisation), Knysna Municipality (local economic development) and The Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro).