100 Beautiful Experiences

The V&A Waterfront is one of the most exciting outdoor art galleries around. Throughout our neighbourhood, you’ll come across art pieces and sculptural works by some of our country’s most lauded artists, as well as a few revered international names. It’s free for anyone to enjoy any time of the day. Talk about democratising art!

26. Non-Violenceby Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

This bronze sculpture of a revolver by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd is unusual for its knotted barrel which commemorates the assassination of singer John Lennon and challenges the senselessness of gun violence. Find it alongside Radisson Red in the Silo District.

27. Young Sailorsby Sanell Aggenbach

On the elevated patch of lawn between The Yard and Zeitz MOCAA, you can hop into two fibreglass-covered concrete sculptures resembling folded paper boats. These pieces reference maritime exploration as well as the adventure inherent in a child’s sense of play and imagination.

28. Water Warsby William Sweetlove

Belgian sculptor William Sweetlove’s piece, standing alongside the swing bridge, is a statement against single-use plastic and the impact that it has on our oceans and on animals like this penguin. Art@Africa placed the penguin on a bed of plastic bags to highlight this sentiment.

29. Angular Mass by Michele Mathison

This gigantic artwork, made of five large flywheels, sits on the street side of the Silo District, alongside GUILD. The wheels were part of the original grain silo machinery built in 1921 and Michele Mathison transformed them into a sculpture when the silo building was redeveloped.

30. The Rhinos Are Coming

It’s always fun to spot a colourful rhino roaming our district. Count how many of these fun sculptures you come across – each one painted by a different SA artist. Twenty have been created in total, and 13 of these can be found in our hood. This outdoor exhibition aims to raise awareness about rhino poaching while generating funds for the fight against it. There’s a QR code next to each rhino if you feel inclined to donate.

31. Antie, Tietie, Mummy by Nardstar*

This piece of street art can be seen on the exterior wall of the Watershed as you pass by. The face in the mural represents all Capetonian women. ‘She is our mother, sister, cousin, aunty or grandmother,’ says Nardstar* of her depiction. The caracal and fynbos allude to her inner beauty, strength and values.

Photos by Arehone Malovhele @by.areh

After the success of 100 Beautiful Things, where we celebrated creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience, through projects, products, ideas and experiences from around the country, we’re bringing this idea of celebration closer to home. Through 100 Beautiful Experiences, we’ll be looking at incredible moments and delights that are available right on our doorstep. Photographed and illustrated by a group of young South African talents, many of our experiences are unique to our hood and can be found nowhere else on the planet!

Every visit to the V&A Waterfront is an opportunity to discover a different part of the city, learn about our heritage, source the best products, dine on the most exquisite fare and connect with friends and family in a safe and happy environment. While we’re only sharing 100 Beautiful Experiences with you, we know you’ll find many more each time you visit, and look forward to hearing of your experiences too.