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BRIDGE GALLERY STITCHING TWO CAMPUSES
The second dominant feature is the bridge gallery, which connects the Mapungubwe gallery and Hatfield campuses via a raised pedestrian concourse that extends over Lynnwood Road. Positioned alongside the pedestrian concourse is a dynamic gallery space that will display various travelling exhibitions, as well as selections of the students’ own works of art, graphics, architecture and even projects of a more academic nature from various faculties. The bridge gallery elevates art firmly into the public domain while celebrating Tukkielaan through the
culmination and extension of this historic route. The patterns of the concrete sunscreen panels that provide a cooling solar filter for the building are a graphic representation of shweshwe fabric – which has been part of South African life since 1652, continuing up to the present day – that symbolises the crossovers between Pedi, Indian, English and Afrikaans cultural heritage. The ever-changing shadow patterns on the external walls and floors will provide a dynamic reminder of these nationally unifying patterns that serve as a reminder of our common heritage.
In contrast to the massivity of the Mapungubwe Museum, the bridge gallery over Lynnwood Road has a light, permeable quality created by perforated screens, the pattern of which was inspired by shweshwe fabric.
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