Art is one of the most essential elements to any society.
It is here that the seeds of revolution are sown, that conversations and dialogue start – especially about issues that we tend to skirt around. It is unapologetic. It is confrontational.
The Nirox Foundation is an artist’s sanctuary just outside of Johannesburg. Every now and again, members of the public are able to enter this space and experience the wonder.
Going to the Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair is like falling down the rabbit hole.
There are items that challenge you like the Cheshire Cat – where you’re not quite sure if the artist is laughing at you or not.
There are times you wonder if art can just be about taking an everyday object and putting it in a different perspective. If a title and a rationale can take something out of its context and place it in another realm.
There are times when there are no words, just a deep well of emotion you didn’t know you had until your eyes alighted on a story frozen in time.
The arts are not a luxury. They are the spirit of humanity. They have the ability to start wars or end them.
The NIROX Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit trust established and run for the benefit of the arts. NIROX comprises an artists’ residency; studios and workshops; a sculpture park; outdoor concert venues; and related function facilities. It is located on15 hectares of landscaped gardens and waterways within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
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