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May 13, 2014

From Silos to Student Apartments

I've posted the sketch above before, but I didn't know at the time how much those old grain silos in the background were going to change over the next nine months - I only noticed that they'd started cutting windows in them once I started drawing them.

I went back to sketch in Newtown a couple of months later to find that more windows had appeared, and shipping containers piled on top of the silos...

...and last Friday when my sketching friend John and I returned - curtains are up, pot plants and paint - a whole new block of accommodation called Mill Junction for nearby Wits and University of Johannesburg students! I'm not sure what the green circles on top are, maybe something to do with its green and energy-efficient claims.


kumi matsukawa said...

It is so interesting to see how the city's characteristic buildings transform in such short time. I often find same thing happening in our area but rarely had chance to keep tracking in drawing.

Cathy Gatland said...

I feel lucky to have captured the stages of this - it's a place we meet on the first Friday of each month, so easy to notice the changes

Carlos Ferreira said...

Nice sketches!

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Carlos!