3 X Granite posts of similar size and weight
One post: 3000mm (height) X 455mm (sideways width) X 355mm (inward width)
Work in place: 3000mm (height) 2400mm (W) (total width) X 355mm (inward width)
Weight: each stone weighs ± one ton
Text: 27 quotations sandblasted around the base of each column
Permanent installation, Estelle and Laurie Dippenaar, Plettenberg Bay


  • The Afrikaans title REËNWAG is analogous to Rembrandt’s famous painting NIGHT WATCH (Afrikaans NAGWAG). A night watchman’s job is to guard a building or other installation at night. A related Afrikaans word is brandwag – the sentry posted to look out for enemy activity or other threat. A troupe of baboons usually has their brandwag posted on an outcrop to scout for approaching danger. The implicit meaning of the word is to guard against fire – brand in Afrikaans means ‘fire’. Brandwag is widely used in Afrikaans: The Ossewa Brandwag was a self-appointed political organisation, guarding over the course of events in the first half of twentieth century South Africa and Die Brandwag was the first Afrikaans illustrated family magazine in the Transvaal. Several places are named Brandwag like Brandwag high school in Benoni and the Brandwag hotel in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The name REËNWAG is made to go with the nagwag and brandwag and to me a reënwag is a lookout, posted to attract precipitation and to tell of approaching rain.


    I took my cue from the custom of the Modjadji rain queen of the Balobedu tribe, resident in the Limpopo province. She is renowned for planting mysterious corner posts at her royal quarters believed to bring rain and good luck. When visit