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Sculpture at Kramer - Dialogue at the Dogwatch


If you have walked across Middle Campus at UCT, you would have seen the sculpture installation in the garden between Kramer, Masingene and the School of Economics. You have also, then, probably wondered about it’s significance and meaning, or who the artist is.

Here is your answer!

‘Dialogue at the Dogwatch’ is a sculptural tableau vivant set at the dogwatch – that time at sea when the light is fading, the day gives way to dusk, and stars appear in the night sky.  In this installation, David Brown, whose work has engaged with the trope of the ship of fools, and the paradoxes, follies and brutalities of South African life, imagined a silent conversation in a turbulent, yet hopeful, period of political transition.  The sculpture – fifteen months in the making – was forged, welded and cast in bronze, corten, stainless steel, brass and copper.

David Brown (born 1951) graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT and worked as a printmaker and documentary photographer before turning to sculpture. He has won several awards and undertaken many major commissions. His work is represented in both South African and foreign collections.

‘Dialogue at the Dogwatch’ was donated to the University in 2011 by Charles Diamond.  He was President of the SRC in 1966/67, graduated from UCT with an MA in Economics, and became a global economist. A collector of sculpture, he commissioned David Brown to create the installation for his home in England in 1993.

Text from the UCT Law Review 2011