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MCCARTHY RETAIL DONATION (article first published : 1999-11-4)

The Durban Art Gallery recently received from McCarthy Retail a donation of the five units of the letter B from Willem Boshoff’s Blind Alphabet. This work was first exhibited at the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale where it attracted great interest. The work is based on an arcane alphabet and each sculpture represents a word that is no longer used.

The sculpture is “hidden” in a black box and a description of the piece is written in braille outside the box. The artist’s reason is to empower the blind visitor over the sighted. The sculpture is a touch piece and the Durban Art Gallery will shortly be organising tours given by the blind for sighted visitors.




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