The Heads

CCAC #: 0645
Artwork title: The Heads
Artist(s): Siphiwe Zulu
Year made: c. 2003
Artwork type: Painting
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (mm): 825 x 1108 x 35
Framed dimensions (in mm): 825 x 1108 x 35
Source: Donated by Janina Masojada and Andrew Makin, two of the Constitutional Court architects, in 2023
Year acquired: 2023
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On a travelling exhibition

This painting inspired a series of carpets for the Welsh Library at the Constitutional Court. It was put forward by the artist and Storm Janse van Rensburg in response to a call for artists to propose the design of artworks to be integrated into the Court’s building. Heads from the various human figures in the painting were reproduced on vibrant carpets, also displayed in this gallery, together symbolising unity in human diversity.

‘The spirit of ubuntu, part of the deep cultural heritage of the majority of the population, suffuses the whole constitutional order. It combines individual rights with a communitarian philosophy. It is a unifying motif of the Bill of Rights.’ - Port Elizabeth Municipality v Various Occupiers (2004)

Themes: Ubuntu

CCAC 456956

Photographer: Staff
Photo copyright: CCT

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