Artist: Jan van Rooyen
Medium: Mixed Media Mosaic and Found Objects
Dimensions: 76cm × 36cm
In the 70’s during the apartheid years in South Africa the Senior Traditional Leader Chief Langa and his family were evicted from their house in Limpopo, not long thereafter the Langa’s family house were demolished, only the ruins remain today. The artist Jan van Rooyen was commissioned by xxxxxxxxx to do a piece for the inauguration of Senior Traditional Leader of Mapela Traditional Community Kgoshi Langa Hans Malasela Ⅱ
The African Elephant is revere as a symbol of strength, power, royalty, dignity, patience, wisdom, longevity, and happiness. It is also praised for its size, stamina, mental faculties, cooperative spirit, and loyalty. South Africa uses elephant tusks in their coat of arms to represent wisdom, strength, moderation and eternity. Symbolise good luck, especially when its trunk is pointed up. The elephant represents status and power. “We will forever be known by tracks we leave behind us” – Dakota
The Zulu shield, spear and Knob-Kerrie represents their ancestors that in the 1700 broke away from the Zulu tribe in now known as KZN area, made their way through Rhodesia now known as Zimbabwe and settled where the Chief Kgoshi Langa Hans Malasela ⅡKraal is now, white shields were used by their chiefs, according to the elders in the community, white and grey suggested wisdom. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens” – Jimi Hendrix
The Broken Brick in Cement (left)
In the 70’s during the apartheid years in South Africa the Senior Traditional Leader Chief Langa and his family were evicted from their house in Limpopo, not long thereafter the Langa’s family house were demolished, only the ruins remain today. The broken brick in cement on the piece is from the remainder of the site that is left now. The bricks mosaic tiles laid around the broken brick in cement represent the rebuilding of a community, one brick at a time, from broken to beautiful.
The Granite Stone (right)
Is from the site where the ancestors were buried, on a land with rich mineral resources. The gold and brown tiles laid around the granite stone represent the rich mineral resources running in the veins of the earth on the ancestral land.
Senior Traditional Leader of Mapela Traditional Community Kgoshi Langa Hans Malasela Ⅱ Territory
The Four White Corners of the Frame represents the four corners of the Chief’s Territory under his leadership.
The colourful tiles around the Elephant and Zulu Shield
The blue speckles represent the Mogalakwena River; red speckles represent blood spilled over the land in the past and the purple represent healing wounds.
The Little Mirror Squares
The little mirror squares represent the ancestors
Time to Act is Now
The colourful areas around the elephant and the Zulu shield is in the shape of a hourglass, time is valuable, it is time to act, wise words “you can’t control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth” – Evan Esar