As a tribute to Cape Town and as a symbol of support to South Africa’s tourism industry, local artists Cara Saven and Hermien van der Merwe have donated two artworks to the top station of the Table Mountain Ariel Cableway.
A large oil painting of Lion’s Head and vibrant proteas pays homage to the beautiful flora found on Table Mountain, while the other artwork is a bright red lino print of the King Protea.
For this installation, the artists adapted a design that is already included in Saven’s CS & Co range – an initiative with a selection of South African artists, including van der Merwe, Michael Chandler, Lucy de Moyencourt, Martine Jackson, and others.
“COVID hit tourism worst and we want to make sure Cape Town is ready for season to welcome our tourists,” says Saven. “The Table Mountain Ariel Cableway needed to update their Shop at the Top and Kiosk wallpapers, but costs were prohibitive, so we offered to replace it with our locally manufactured Vividtex wallpaper and one of Hermien’s artworks.”