The PPC Imaginarium showcase is an ambitious celebration of the beauty and versatility of concrete and the recognition of exceptional talent and artistry in South Africa.
An expert panel of designers and industry leaders waded through over 400 submissions of concrete-inspired art and objects across 6 different categories: architecture, fashion, industrial design, sculpture, jewellery and film. The winner of each category received R50 000 and a platform to kickstart their creative careers.
Last night, the overall winners of R100 000 grand prize was announced at Young Blood gallery. The winners of the industrial design category, Martin Bolton and Craig Tyndall, were awarded the ultimate title for their beautifully designed speaker unit made primary from concrete combined with Perspex and wood. Martin is an industrial designer and researcher and Craig has a background in civil engineering.
For the construction of the concrete speaker, the pair were inspired by the works of Heinz Isler and Felix Candala who are famous for pushing the boundaries of thin shell-like structures. The shape of the speaker horn, reminiscent of the indigenous African trumpet made from a Kudu horn, carries the sound outward and towards its audience. 'This piece is an excellent example of a product that challenges the perception of concrete as an everyday construction material. The clever thinking combines simple, elegant form with superior audio functionality,' applauded the Imaginarium panel.The PPC Imaginarium offers participants a comprehensive platform in its financial support, mentorship, workshops, exhibition opportunities and media exposure.