Art of the Construction Site Artist Statement: Having an extensive background in Architecture, I have always had a fascination for construction sites: the energy, the chaos, the danger; the smell of wet concrete, sawn timber and freshly dug earth; the noisy carefree chattering of the labourers, the ear-splitting sound of metal against metal. The visuals created by scaffolding, danger tape, cranes, the geometric skyline and the inevitable abandoned broken workmen’s shoe. For this body of work I have used original digital photographs that I took during the construction stage of the Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium. Working in Photoshop I have used computer technology as a contemporary artistic tool to decompose the original image, and through the process of sorting, layering and manipulating, the construction site has become my Theatre. I have choreographed the horizontal, the vertical and the angular. I have layered texture over texture, and kept to a limited palette to create these theatrical but ethereal spaces. Here and there a human figure emerges, seemingly insignificant but essential to the process, to emphasize the scale and dominance of the built forms. Here the construction site is a metaphor for the journey that is life: my photographs have captured the process rather than an image of the end.