Although the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is named after South Africa’s first post Apartheid president and a world icon, the city does not have a proper Madiba statue for visitors and tourists to visit. Because of this the Route 67 Madiba figure on the Donkin Reserve has become a must stop for especially international visitors
A lot of the figures in the Voting Line art piece on the Donkin Reserve are based on real people. One of the things I like is the fact that you notice different personal or clothing features on the figures every time you visit.
Last week I took a group of students on a walking tour around the Donkin Reserve and Route 67 and just realised again how much history Port Elizabeth has. The Donkin Reserve is a combination of history and public art and lining up the mosaic with the pyramid and lighthouse like this shows how easily you can incorporate the two.
Have you ever sat down to have a chat with the lady holding the chair on the Donkin Reserve? Asked her about the lives of all women who have lived on the shore of Algoa Bay over the years? About what she sees daily?
This Untitled piece of the lady was done by well-known artist Anton Momberg. The piece has been left untitled with the features and clothing on the female figure deliberately neutral, as the work is meant as a conversation piece rather than a conceptually specific entity.
And with that 2017 is gone and 2018 have arrived. I have seen a lot of people say that they are glad 2017 is over and done with and I took a little time to contemplate my own 2017. I came to the conclusion that it actually wasn’t a bad year for me at all. It was very busy though both from a personal as well as a work point of view and right now I can’t see 2018 being any different. I will just have to work smarter and not necessarily harder. One of the things I really need to do is find some more time for both my blogs. PE Daily Photo took a slight break in 2017 and I’m not pressuring myself to post something every day anymore. Unfortunately I totally neglected Firefly the Travel Guy though and I really need to focus on it a bit more than I did last year. But all in all here’s to 2018. May it be a great year full of all things nice. Health, wealth, family, friendship and all kinds of blessings.
I’m kicking 2018 off with a picture featuring one of Port Elizabeth’s most iconic sites, the Donkin Reserve. This time seen from the top of another iconic site, the Campanile.
Today is the 10th birthday of Port Elizabeth Daily Photo. Yes, exactly 10 years ago to the day PE Daily Photo was started by SAM (Sue and Max Hoppe) with a post featuring some generic facts about Nelson Mandela Bay. Two days later they were off and running, doing 500 posts before passing the baton on to me. I did my first post on the 15th of March 2009 which means I have been at it for about 8 1/2 years now and this is the blog’s 3555th post. Although I don’t post every day anymore due to time restraints, I do try to post as often as possible and it’s still a great pleasure sharing this beautiful city I live, work and play in and it’s surroundings with you all on a regular basis, busting the myth that there is nothing to see or do in Port Elizabeth. Happy birthday PEDP!
Yesterday I posted a picture of the view looking north from the Campanile observation floor. It means I have three more directions and what’s the use of showing you only one? So here is the view to the west. The Settlers Freeway is at the bottom and slightly to the left of the centre of the picture is Market Square and the historic Public Library in the city centre. Above on the hill is the Donkin Reserve, lighthouse and pyramid with the Great Flag (65m high pole and 15m x 10m flag) next to it.