Our walls are filled with South African art that communicates concepts of environmentalism. Our hotel has truly become a platform for the showcasing of local art.
It is our belief that the message of sustainability can be captured and communicated effectively through art in the messages and content, as well as the medium and materials used.
Our basement has been called “Cape Town’s best car park” and acts as a work of art on its own. Artist Haroon Gun-Salie and four muralists from the Cape Flats area, alongside three painting assistants, created a wrap-around graffiti mural using environmentally-friendly spray paints.
Before the hotel opened, owners Mario and Annemarie Delicio initiated and funded an art project whereby 45 learners from various schools were given the opportunity to research, conceptualise and produce artworks in a variety of media. With the hope to help students, who have limited, if any, access to art studies at their schools, the project aimed at giving them the best tools, teachers/mentors, and facilities available to do what they love and what they are good at. The project was facilitated by the Frank Joubert Art Centre in Newlands, Cape Town and driven by Niklas Zimmer, art consultant to Hotel Verde and masters graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT).
The learners' finished artworks were then taken to local, specialist crafters, who, according to Zimmer, “took the children’s works so seriously and dedicated up to three months to turn the works into various final pieces" ranging from mosaics to woven and beaded pieces that now adorn the passages of the hotel. A true testimony to remind us that art lives and works in this world.
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