Mmegi Blogs :: Gaborone’s roundabout art
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Last Updated
Friday 21 July 2017, 15:54 pm.
Banners
Gaborone’s roundabout art

Some might protest, believing that round abouts or circles or more particularly traffic circles, if you prefer, have nothing to with heritage. But then, the same people might also maintain that road design and town planning are matters also remote from heritage concerns!
By Sandy Grant Wed 12 Jul 2017, 16:50 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Blogs :: Gaborone’s roundabout art








But I arrive at this rather specialist angle on heritage as a result of the Weekend Post’s article (July 8) on the arty creations that now adorn the Gaborone roundabouts. It must have been obvious to everyone that they had been placed there as part of a general tarting up programme for the 50th anniversary. What I had not known was that these figures had all been made by self-made artists in the prisons, not by the more accredited and recognised artists at Thapong! And well done them. But then I had also not known that these various creations had attracted much critical comment, presumably on Facebook or Twitter.

But then I am yet to see reviews of the film, The United Kingdom or of Donald Molosi’s Blue Black and White, whether critical or approving. Yes, there has been a great deal of pre-publicity about both but, that apart, I have gathered only of the Molosi creation that there has been a degree of approval that this time around a local was in the driving seat. As for the film, The United Kingdom, it has continued to puzzle me that friends abroad have repeadtly asked us if we have seen it?

In fact, the nearest we have got is to see a publicity TV clip showing a Serowe with South African housing, Pedi rondavels perhaps. All of which leaves me with the impression that the film has

Banners

been received here with total indifference. Perhaps I am quite wrong about this but if so, I hope that someone will more correctly describe the situation. But to return to the original topic – the Gaborone roundabouts and the prison made figures that now adorn them. Personally, apart from the metal creatures at the airport which I regard as mediocre and depressingly out of place, I have seen only the roundabout metal zebras which, without great thought, can safely be categorised as airport art.

But then, unless it is really awful, I can rarely distinguish a good piece of work from one that is bad. I have noticed that the buyers of artwork in several government ministries and departments have also been handicapped by the same lack of judgement! But good or bad, we may need to think about the alternatives. The Gaborone roundabouts are being fast phased out and replaced by super-sized traffic junctions which have absolutely nothing to distinguish them and certainly nothing which makes one any different from another.

In those terms, therefore, we may as well enjoy the roundabout art whilst we may. For a certainty, these, arty pieces, together with the roundabouts themselves, are soon to be part of Gaborone’s past. What has survived of the other from the onslaught of weekend drivers will presumably be flogged off to the highest bidder or perhaps dumped in the National Museum’s cellars.

 

Banners
Banners
Banners


Our Heritage
Wed 12 Jul 2017, 16:50 pm
Wed 05 Jul 2017, 17:30 pm
Wed 28 Jun 2017, 17:49 pm
Wed 21 Jun 2017, 17:45 pm
Wed 14 Jun 2017, 17:26 pm
Wed 07 Jun 2017, 18:10 pm
Wed 31 May 2017, 16:30 pm
Wed 24 May 2017, 16:16 pm
Wed 10 May 2017, 15:46 pm
Wed 03 May 2017, 16:51 pm
Wed 05 Apr 2017, 17:08 pm
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 15:47 pm
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 16:01 pm
Wed 15 Mar 2017, 17:00 pm
Wed 08 Mar 2017, 16:32 pm
Wed 01 Mar 2017, 17:17 pm
Wed 22 Feb 2017, 18:32 pm
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 17:11 pm
Wed 08 Feb 2017, 17:09 pm
Wed 01 Feb 2017, 18:15 pm
Wed 25 Jan 2017, 17:10 pm
Wed 18 Jan 2017, 16:28 pm
Wed 11 Jan 2017, 16:15 pm
Wed 21 Dec 2016, 22:59 pm
Wed 14 Dec 2016, 14:09 pm
Banners
Banners
Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Friday, 21 Jul 2017
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   10.1729
1 GBP = Pula   13.2275
1 EUR = Pula   11.8624
1 YEN = Pula   0.0911
1 ZAR = Pula   0.7822
1 Pula = USD   0.0983
1 Pula = GBP   0.0756
1 Pula = EUR   0.0843
1 Pula = YEN   10.98
1 Pula = ZAR   1.2785
have a story? Send us a Tip
Banners
  • Previous
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Friday 21 Jul - Thursday 27 Jul :::
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Previous
    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Friday 21 Jul - Thursday 27 Jul :::
    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Previous
    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Friday 21 Jul - Thursday 27 Jul :::
    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
    War for the Planet of the Apes
Selefu
BMD Congress
Banners
Banners