In March 2015 the Baywest Mall launched an urban art campaign which kicked off with a competition calling on artists to come up with ideas for an innovative and unique 7m-tall sculpture.
The winners of the campaign were artist Louwrens Westraad and Mxolisi “Dolla” Sapeta. Their winning concept titled Ujiva (dancing), the 7m-tall Ujiva is hard to miss as you approach the end of Walker Drive.
The multidimensional work of art depicts abstract female figures dancing around a large sphere.By day, the sunlight bounces off the sculpture, creating different shadows and points of visual interest as the light refracts.
At night, it comes alive as it is illuminated by low voltage MaxiPUNCH Static fittings and when the city’s infamous westerly wind hits the steel frames, a musical range of four octaves is emitted.
SSLI in consultation with LITE specified the MaxiPunch mono white (3000k) 12w but required the LED to be 24v while retaining the tight compact profile form and IP68 integrity. A single 285w PV panel and 4 x 12v 100Ah battery systems with solar charge controller are all designed into the artwork frame or base so as not to distract from the artists work. The artists requirements where that they wanted an energy efficient quality LED lighting solution with the right efficacy and light “punch” to bathe the 7m-tall Ujiva art piece as it is hard to miss, but it was important that the MaxiPunch light was not to “spill off” the art work onto the road nor distract the more than 800 vehicles daily approaching the circle at the end of Walker Drive leading up to the Mall With a keen interest in the growth of public art, and with SSLI and the LITE Maxi punch meeting and even exceeding the artist’s visions of illuminating the art work, SSLI in conjunction with the artist are working to unveil another public art project in Port Elizabeth early next year (2018) titled New Horizon, where they will also be using the MaxiLED Punch and powered by a PV battery back up system. When asked how he would want the public to interact with his work, Westraad said, “Ultimately people must relate with it momentarily as they drive by.”