Samantha (2017) by Hannelie Coetzee

Samantha stands at 3.2m high, constructed from wood in the form of parquet tiles, found shelves and desks which I’ve has salvaged from regenerated buildings and from friends and connections. Inspired by 2016 project, Watermense/Water People, which explored the use of natural resources, and untold stories of individuals, communities and the networks of Johannesburg’s inner city water streams, I set out to create a large scale indoor sculpture constructed from reclaimed wood.

My work in sculpture and large scale intervention centres on the use of these art forms to emotionally engage collaborators, audiences, participants and the broader public with place; it aims to integrate science and art to inspire empathy for and engagement with nature.

– Hannelie Coetzee