As I worked with the Robben Island fencing, I started to realise that it had the potential to be so much more than the raw material for some of my artworks. I realised that, like the Berlin Wall, it represented something, the fall of Apartheid. It seemed no coincidence that this year is the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela as well as the year that we host the World Cup Soccer. It would be the perfect opportunity to use the fence to do so much more.
For that reason I partnered with two other people and formed RIACT, the Robben Island Art Company & Trust. I donated the balance of the Robben Island Fencing to RIACT which has the mission of using the fencing to provide employment and skills development as well as generate funds for donation to worthy causes.
You can read more about the RIACT project here.