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Length: 1865mm; width: 710mm; height: 565mm
Rectangular pieces of discarded wood
Collection: Pierre Lombart


  • TAFELBOEK was begun at a time when the artist lived a somewhat reclusive life in a small subterranean apartment in Hillbrow, Johannesburg - almost like a monk in a cloister. The apartment was too small to house a large sculpture, and TAFELBOEK was designed to fit snugly through the door when carried in by two 'pallbearers'. When the work was inside the apartment, it could be used as a table, but when the need arose it could be opened, like a book, to fill the room. It was foreseen that TAFELBOEK might be used in its closed state as communion-table at a church. It would then be a kind of 'coffin', speaking of the death of Christ. When it is opened, however, it becomes like the city-buildings of Hillbrow, or more specifically, like a new Jerusalem or the new life that begins through