Who is Tant Koek?

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Hannelie Coetzee was approached by Pretoria City Councel to resurrect her Tant Koek - in the Pretoria central business district. Naomi Meyer asked her about the art work.

Tant Koek – Artist’s statement                                                                   

My paternal great-aunt “Tant Koek”, as we knew her, never married. She said she lost her love in the war. She came to visit at least once a year. Then this austere aunt would bring little gifts and just love us. The highlight of the visit would be when she played the piano and became entirely transformed into a jovial state. She was the aunt who showed me a different perspective to my conservative upbringing. In this artwork she gazes into the distance without judgment.

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Title: Tant Koek (2015). Site: Cnr Helen Joseph and Sisulu St, Pretoria CBD. Type: Urban artwork. Medium: Porcelain and glass tile mosaic. Size: 2 m wide x 3 m high

Tant Koek can be seen at the corner of Helen Joseph and Walter Sisulu Streets in Pretoria.

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