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floor piece 
an uprooted signpost showing Kitchener Ave, King Edward St, Verwoerdlaan and Paul Krugerstr
steel, paint, concrete, suspended from the ceiling to nearly touching the floor

Spoiled Vote

  • "The sign on the corner of my street was felled onto the pavement by a careless driver and lying down, the crossing-over of the two plates carrying the names Kitchener Ave and King Edward Street resembled a voter's cross. The street sign was spoiled and fit for the refuse dump. White voters exercising exclusive voting rights in the twentieth century in South Africa were likewise ironically spoilt by their privileges over the majority of people. My uprooted signpost, exhibited horizontally, shows the unlikely combination of Kitchener Ave, King Edward St, Verwoerdlaan and Paul Krugerstr.


    In one of my old scrap-books I have an article and picture of the statue of Dr HF Verwoerd being lowered into a prominent place at the Free State provincial headquarters. The statue is shrouded in cloth and the date is 16 May 1969. Another statue from my scrap-books, hotly debated by the press since 1967 is that of Paul Kruger, proposed by Coert Steynberg and ultimately installed by him at the Pretoriuskop entrance to the Kruger National Park. The Verwoerd statue was uprooted a few years ago by hydraulic cranes and a debate is at present raging as to whether the head of Paul Kruger should also be removed from its place. Many streets, dams, suburbs, cities and even provinces are being renamed."

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