Construction of the Black Box began early in March of this year. Measuring 8.8 x 1.5m, the 3.2m high timber-framed MDF structure was erected in the Prosperita workshop of Mr Wood Joinery under the supervision of owner, De Wet van Niekerk. Clearance Rohm headed the installation team of six.
Completion of the Black Box structure on 17 April was celebrated with the requisite champagne and ceremony. Attendees included representatives from Nedbank Namibia, the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport & Culture, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, local media, staff of WMA and Mr Wood, and invited friends.
The difficult process of dismantling the Black Box into smaller components for the purpose of transport commenced the following weekend. Care was taken to number, photograph and wrap each of the 40 odd components before stacking and securing them on an airfreight palette. Transworld Cargo then transported the loaded palette to the Hosea Kutako International Airport where, on 1 May, it was freighted to Frankfurt by Air Namibia. After being cleared through customs, the installation was then transported overland by truck to a warehouse outside Venice. From here it was transported by boat to Palazzo Mora and unpacked on 12 May.
Paul van Schalkwyk Photograph
Not having deemed the quality of the photograph initially selected as good enough for such a large-scale application, acclaimed photographer Paul van Schalkwyk’s planned reshoot never materialised due to his tragic passing on 9 March 2014.
The replacement photograph subsequently selected as focus for the installation was printed in Cape Town on 22 May and measures 7.8 x 3.2m: it is printed on a special cloth and is divided into three separately framed panels. The various components were since air freighted to Frankfurt, transported to Venice by truck, and will be delivered to Palazzo Mora by boat later this week.
Paul Munting, Andre Christensen and Clearance Rohm arrive in Venice, Italy, on 27 May 2014 to commence the re-assembly of the installation