Win cements South African artist’s ingenuity

first_imgRoelf Daling and his winning sculpture.The manhole represents infinite possibility. Urban spaces and urbanisation is a centraltheme of the Daling’s piece, which isrepresented by the concrete casing of thesculpture that is covered with graffiti andposters of newspaper headlines.(Images: Association of Arts Pretoria)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomzamo KhanyilePretoria Portland Cement+27 11 386 9309RELATED ARTICLES• SA artist revitalises Woodstock • UK sculpture honour for Pistorius • Dumas teen painting up for auction • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighSouth African fine arts graduate Roelf Daling is this year’s winner of a prestigious national competition that encourages artists to think creatively about using cement as an artistic medium.The Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Young Concrete Sculptor Awards (YCSA) is a long-standing concrete sculpture event on South Africa’s art calendar.The YCSA has been running for 20 years in an effort to raise the profile of cement, promote artistic empowerment and recognise the value and beauty of art in South Africa.The competition is open to anyone and the only specification is that concrete is used as the medium to create the art piece.“Concrete is a completely underutilised art medium. The competition offers great exposure for artists who want to use concrete and the quality of artwork we received was outstanding,” says Nomzamo Khanyile, public relations manager at PPC.Khanyile says that close to 60 entries were received this year, which is a high number for a niche competition of this kind.Creating art from grey matterRoelf Daling graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2010 has been working as a fulltime artist this year. Winning the competition came as a complete surprise.“I am so surprised that my work won,” he says.Daling won R50 000 (US$6 400) in prize money for his sculpture, titled The hole we found.According to feedback from the judging panel, all were in agreement that Daling’s work is “conceptually stimulating”.He says that he enjoyed the challenge of working with concrete. “It is such a versatile medium. You can paint it, polish it and buff it and it’s affordable,” he says.His winning sculpture is a prime example of how artistic expression can change perceptions about concrete, traditionally only thought of as a building material used for construction purposes.‘The hole we found’The sculpture combines his interest in new media art – which was also his university major, technology and well-known symbols often associated with cities.At the centre of the sculpture is an old manhole pipe.“I watched this piece of manhole that was lying next to the road for several months on end. It was forgotten at a bankrupt construction site,” he says.“The manhole represents infinite possibility. As humans one cannot predict the future of art by looking at the past anymore. In the same way, technology is currently creating a ladder of infinite possibilities,” Daling explains.To communicate the theme of infinity, he fixed LED lights and two-way mirrors to the pipe, creating an illusion of a bottomless shaft with a descending ladder.This represents the continuous expansion of cities, and their vast network of tunnels that are constantly built to carry water, gas, electricity and digital information.Another theme central to Daling’s piece is urban spaces and urbanisation, which is represented by the concrete casing of the sculpture that is covered with graffiti and posters of newspaper headlines.“We put the two posters there for fun, but these and the graffiti art are also symbols of the city,” he says.Future plansDaling’s primary focus is on interactive installations and using technology such as infrared lighting, lasers, projectors, mapping, computer vision and software programming in his art.However, since he graduated last year, he has been experimenting with bronze sculpture and graffiti stencilling. He hopes to combine these mediums with his new media artwork in the future.Khanyile says that next year PPC would like to expand the scope of the competition to include functional art such as concrete crockery and jewellery.“The quality and direction of the various sculptures never fails to inspire, especially as new innovative techniques are discovered and used,” she says.The Young Concrete Sculptor exhibition runs from 3 to 23 November 2011 at the Association of Arts in Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk.last_img read more

Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold

first_imgView comments Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines clinches the gold medal in the women’s -63kg event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kiyomi Watanabe proved that she’s a cut above the rest after she left a path of destruction on her way to the judo gold in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.The 20-year-old Watanabe won all her bouts via ippon — the equivalent of knockout in boxing — taking down Orapin Senatham in just 36 seconds for her third straight SEA Games gold in -63-kilograms division.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Shugen came out of the repechage division to edge Ace Ang of Singapore, 3-0, for third place in -66kg.His brother Keisei overpowered Uen Xaisengseum Nouvene of Laos via ippon for -73kg bronze.Watanabe, ranked 23rd in the world in her division, was the most dreaded fighter in the tournament.“But I can’t be very sure so I trained very hard,” said Watanabe, who is a sports science major at Wasida University in Japan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games With Fajardo playing sparingly, Santos delivers for ‘complete’ SMB team WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It wasn’t easy,” said Watanabe through her mom Irene who was interpreting from Japanese to Filipino. “There was pressure on my part to win. But she did her best for her country.”This early, Watanabe is being groomed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWatanabe was one of the four Fil-Japanese counted upon to win golds in the competition held at KLCC Hall 5.But twins Shugen and Keisei Nakano could only produce bronze in their respective divisions.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England’s job to stop Sachin from scoring 100th ton, says Strauss

first_imgEngland captain Andrew Strauss on Thursday admitted that his team would be doing everything to stop Sachin Tendulkar from scoring his 100th international century in the Lord’s Test, starting on Thursday.”I’m sure Sachin would like to get it here and it’s our job not to let him do so. If it’s a distraction for him, it’s great for us,” said Strauss.The skipper also said that he considered Tendulkar a key to India’s plans.”He’s been an outstanding ambassador for the game. The statistics speak for itself. You don’t have to rush out with platitudes and superlatives. It’s all there — the longevity, the consistency. He is one of the greatest ever and as ambassador of the game there is no one better,” said Strauss.Insisting that his team would adopt a cautious approach against Team India, Strauss said, “They are world’s No. 1 team. You don’t become number one unless you do well away from home. That’s the greatest improvement they have shown over the last 2-3 years. They are now far more consistent away from home.Sachin Tendulkar”We understand it would not be easy. They are going to be a very strong opposition. But we are prepared for the challenge and ready to overcome it.”The 34-year-old left-handed batsman termed his side as a far better unit than the one which lost to India in 2007. “We’ve improved since 2007. A few players have done very well. (Jonathan) Trott is there, (James) Anderson has become better and (Graeme) Swann has had a dramatic impact,” said Strauss.advertisement”We’ve done better than possibly any other side in the world as we have won seven of the last eight series we played. But we are not finished yet. We could become number one. But for us the ultimate goal is to be acknowledged by everyone as number one. And that’s our long-term goal,” he added.India’s bowling attack will be spearheaded by Zaheer Khan and Strauss said his side wouldn’t make a determined effort to dismantle him.”With Zaheer or anyone else, it’s pretty simple — watch the bad ball and hit it. He’s very good but there is no reason to complicate things,” said the captain. Meanwhile, England have Stuart Broad in their ranks, who could be termed as “enforcer” and whose steepling bounce is expected to pose a threat to the Indians.”Broad has a very good bouncer, which can make life very difficult for the batsmen. But he is not the enforcer all the time. There would be spells when he would go short but majority-wise, he is no different to others,” Strauss said.Disappointed that a watered-down version of Decision Review System (DRS) would be used in the series, Strauss explained, “All I can say is that DRS worked very well for us in the last 12-18 months. We’ve got more decisions right and we are now used to it.”We can’t use it in this series, it’s a half-way kind of a situation and not an ideal one. But that’s the situation we’re now faced with. We can’t be overtly concerned with it for it would be unhelpful.” With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Vijender Kumar’s family watches his match with prayers and cheers

first_imgLosing sleep and watching late-night football matches is a common trend among the upper middle class families in urban areas. But in Kaluwas, a tiny village near Bhiwani, Haryana, it’s the men’s boxing competition at the London Olympics which keeps people awake till the wee hours.They have a good reason to do that as local boy and Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar is fighting for his second medal at the ExCel Arena in London.Vijender was scheduled to fight Terrell Gausha of the United States in his pre-quarterfinal bout on Thursday and the scene at the boxer’s residence in Kaluwas was no less than that at a packed indoor stadium. Vijender’s courtyard might not have much space, but every inch was filled by eager family members and villagers who gathered to watch Vijender in action.The bout was scheduled at 2:15 am but the villagers showed childlike enthusiasm. The village is dogged by inconsistent power supply, but to make sure that no one misses the action, the family had a television set in the courtyard attached to a heavy-load generator.Vijender’s family holds special prayers before his bouts and Thursday was no exception. Vijender’s father Mahipal Singh has a superstition that his son will lose if he watches him live on television. So, he prays in seclusion at a temple in his ancestral farm. He religiously followed this routine on Thursday as well.As Doordarshan tuned in to the boxing competition in the 60kg category, the attention of viewers shifted to the television. The eager crowd makes comments about the competitors. Around 25 of the villagers are boxers of international repute and their opinions were right most of the time.advertisementAfter that Vijender’s bout started and each of his punches drew huge applause from the villagers. In contrast, every punch of Gausha drew oohs and aahs.Vijender’s confident face gave the villagers the impression that Vijender would win. He stepped up his game in the third and deciding round but Gausha too scored on counter punches.Vijender’s win triggered an impromptu dance among the villagers lasting five minutes.last_img read more

FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Organizers taken aback by demand for women’s World Cup tickets Heather Guino-o topscored with 17 points to power FEU which is on the verge of pulling a big reversal over Ateneo which has dominated all season.The Lady Tamaraws could only score one in attacks in the opening set but came back stronger to even take a two-sets to one lead. But the Lady Tamaraws once again lagged behind in the fourth, allowing the Lady Eagles to force a fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut with the Lady Eagles ahead, 5-3, the Lady Tamaraws unleashed a 12-3 windup to force the rubber match on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University survived a turbulent opening set to repulse Ateneo, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, Saturday night to force a Final Four decider in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Marching to its own beat against the top semifinalists, the Lady Tamaraws leaned on scrappy plays and determination to come to just within a win of making it back to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic thrashes Grigor Dimitrov to reach quarters at Queen’s Club

first_imgNovak Djokovic issued a statement of intent as he thrashed second seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree championships at Queen’s Club on Thursday.The unseeded 12-time Grand Slam champion produced a clinical display to win 6-4, 6-1 and claim his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May.While Djokovic’s dominance was based on his trademark pinpoint accuracy and elastic court-coverage, Australian Nick Kyrgios was at his idiosyncratic best earlier on a sunny centre court to beat home hope Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-3.Kyrgios mixed brutal power with outrageous shot-making, sending down 32 aces and several between-the-legs specials to the delight of the crowd.Back With A Bang! Novak Djokovic eases past John Millman 6-2, 6-1. That was impressive. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in a blockbuster second round match. #QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/3jfOYJPU14Fever-Tree Championships (@QueensTennis) June 19, 2018The 23-year-old will next face defending champion Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals.Djokovic, ranked 22 after more than a year battling an elbow injury and indifferent form, arrived in London after a bitter end to his French Open hopes against unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato, but has so far looked serene on the grasscourts.He always looked in control against world number five Dimitrov and took the first set when he broke in the 10th game having gone 0-40 ahead on the Bulgarian’s serve.Dimitrov saved two set points but at 30-40 double-faulted to hand Djokovic the opener.After that Dimitrov faded badly and Djokovic surged into a 5-1 lead before having difficulty clinching victory.advertisementThree match points came and went but he converted the fourth when Dimitrov floated a sliced backhand long.”Grigor made some crucial double faults today and that helped me take the first set. That first set was a huge confidence booster for me,” Djokovic said on court after clinching his 799th career victory and seventh in eight against 2014 Queen’s Club champion Dimitrov.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher adamant they can win league

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Carragher adamant they can win leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher is convinced his old club can win the Premier League title this season.Carragher told Sky Sports that they are now looking like champions in the making.”City, in the last 18 months, have just gone away from everyone,” he said. “There was no real challenge last season. It felt like the season was over at this stage last season.”The fact Liverpool are with them now it maybe asks questions of this Man City side that we haven’t seen before.”I’m sure they’ll answer them, I’m not questioning them in that way, but I think it’s nice we have someone chasing this City side.”This City side is a special side, and I think over the next four or five years we will be speaking about a special team in this Premier League era. But could a side win the league three or four years on the bounce?”The great Manchester United sides found that difficult. There’s always someone who wins the league out of nowhere. Could this be the season when someone else actually wins it, and could it be Liverpool.”Liverpool can win the league.” last_img read more

10 months agoSevilla forward Luis Muriel happy to make Fiorentina loan move

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel happy to make Fiorentina loan moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla forward Luis Muriel is happy to have made a loan move to Fiorentina.Muriel is joining the Viola on-loan to the end of the season.“I am very happy to be here,” Muriel told reporters as he arrived for a loan move with option to buy.“I had already spoken to Fiorentina and gave my word to them some time ago, so now I am here. I am really eager and cannot wait to get started.“Returning to Serie A is very important to me, as I know this style of football well. I can’t wait to get out there and start proving myself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Spun Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Social Media Manager

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209College Spun is expanding.College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over three million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time social media manager to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. Candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have a love for all-things college sports. The social media manager will work closely with the CEO and the editorial team to optimize College Spun’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in the field.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be well-versed in all forms of social media.You must be creative. We’re looking for someone to bring fresh ideas on how to market College Spun’s product.You must have experience with both photo and video editing.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume.last_img read more