Attacq Limited, (Attacq), the JSE listed property company developing Waterfall City and Waterfall Logistics Hub, unveiled its latest art development, titled “There is no time like the present”, located at Mall of Africa.
The sculptures were unveiled at an exclusive event held at Mall of Africa on 13 November 2018. The sculptures, each reaching a height of 5.5m, represent the two ‘faces’ of Africa. The line sculpture represents an Africa rooted in tradition, the bare bones of a continent that holds us all together. The second sculpture, built from mirror-finish stainless steel plates, allows us to see the wealth of opportunity and the inherent potential that lies within all of us.
“At Attacq, we want our buildings to represent the very best in architectural design. This was an opportunity to partner with an incredibly talented local artist and make a historic landmark in Johannesburg,” said Jackie van Nierkerk, Attacq COO.
The sculpture was created by Rina Stutzer, a full-time artist and creative advisor to the collective art studio and foundry, Dionysus Sculpture Works (DSW) in Pretoria. She has participated in multiple international exhibitions in Australia, France and Great Britain. Stutzer has been honoured for her work with awards that include the Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award, The Rendezvous Focus Painting award and Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) Art Project award, to name a few.
“With this particular piece I wanted to create a reflective abstracted African continent, which physically acts as a binding force of the collective, showing us the image of a world that looks familiar from one vantage point, yet different from another. The sculpture holds up a mirror to our identity, our potential and our place in the world, “says Stutzer
The vision for Waterfall City has always been to create a world class city that embraces integrated, new urban living to the fullest. With its contemporary new urban framework, Waterfall City has already become a modern landmark, at the forefront of development and lifestyle. Attacq adopts urban design principles for all its developments in Waterfall, with the aim of ensuring that all buildings conform to good sustainability standards. With the introduction of this striking art piece, Attacq is set to enhance the beauty that already exists in terms of architectural and structural design within Waterfall city.
“There is a growing demand for local African art and we, as Attacq felt we should lead the charge by investing in this installation and hopefully encourage more companies to help develop homegrown talent and invest in local art,” van Nierkerk added.
The Mall of Africa has become the premier destination for unique shopping and lifestyle experiences and has become an iconic feature of the Pretoria – Johannesburg corridor. Drawing inspiration from geological features that include its Crystal Court which represents South Africa’s mineral wealth with sharp geometric patterns, to the Southern Section of the Mall that depicts the Sahara Dessert of North Africa, Mall of Africa has come to represent what can be achieved in an Africa alive with possibilities.
Attacq Ltd is a premier Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), founded in 2005 and listed in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in 2013. It is the owner and manager of a high-quality property portfolio of assets worth over R29 billion in total asset value and is the property developer of the iconic Waterfall node.
Attacq delivers exceptional and sustainable growth through its real estate investments and developments in Waterfall City, Waterfall Logistics Hub and retail precincts. Property sectors include retail, office and mixed-use, light industrial and hotel, while the iconic Mall of Africa and PwC Tower are also amongst Attacq’s premium assets.
Bolstered by its four key value drivers, namely (1) the South African portfolio, (2) its investment in MAS Real Estate Inc. (which has a presence in Central and Eastern Europe), (3) the developments at Waterfall and (4) the rest of Africa retail investments, Attacq is firmly positioned as one of the country’s preeminent REITS, offering both sustainable income distributions and capital growth.
About Mall of Africa
Located in the heart of Waterfall City, Mall of Africa, which received the 2018 Sunday Times Generation Next Award for the ‘Coolest Mall’, delivers a compelling life-style experience in a Mall that reflects, architecturally, the iconic landscapes and geological phenomena of Africa.
This ultra-premium retail showcase was opened on 28 April 2016 and offers access to over three hundred retailers, many of which are flagship stores. Mall of Africa constantly strives to push the boundaries of innovation, technology and originality in order to create a unique shopping experience for visitors. It has fast become one of the top go-to locations for a full shopping and lifestyle experience and stores in the Mall range from well-known local names such as Woolworths, Browns the Diamond Store, Mr Price and Cape Union Mart to international luxury brands including Emporio Armani, Superdry, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Versace and more.
Increasingly the Mall of Africa has become the preferred host for a range of lifestyle and leisure events, including being the official host of Glamour Woman of the Year 2018, GQ Best Dressed 2018, the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire and the third edition of the Africa Art Collective. At Mall of Africa, shoppers can also look forward to a number of fabulous new stores – often the first landing of global brands on South African soil – and enjoy incredible restaurants and numerous events throughout the year.
Owned in a joint venture by Attacq (80%) and Atterbury (20%), Mall of Africa is South Africa’s largest shopping Mall ever built in one phase, offering over 130 000m2 of retail space organised into uniquely identified court areas made for easy shopping navigation, as well as exceptional access, location and visibility. Perfectly situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Mall of Africa is a visual, social and economic anchor within Waterfall and is becoming a dominant super-regional Mall, located off Allandale in Waterfall City.