frankie pappas

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house of the pink spot

RECLAIM SPACE. RECLAIM SAFETY. RECLAIM RIGHTS

a recognised gender-based violence (GBV) hotspot in orange farm’s drieziek 5
the identified corner sits on an empty plot of land that had become a dumping spot for garbage at night
it was a dark place with no working street lights and minimal human activity
all of this played a part in increasing chances of violent- and criminal behaviour

THE BRIEF

reclaim the space
produce a landmark where community members can sit and find shade and light
where conversations can be had
where small theatre productions can be held
where children can play,
and where grandparents can watch

THE IDEA

shine a light on the high levels of violence against women in orange farm
disrupt the GBV hotspot and transform it into a safe space
where residents can come together
to host dialogues on solutions to addressing the high levels of violence against women in the area

THE MATERIALS

the material palette was kept local to orange farm
– and purchased from the local hardware –
bagged brick for the seating
telephone poles for the structure
shutter ply for signage bards
and buckets upon buckets of pink paint
all signage was designed and hand-painted by the community-members

THE PROGRAMME

this small structure is designed to offer the community:
a landmark, a meeting spot, a study space, a play park, an informal theatre, a dance hall
the magic of the pink spot lies in the genius of its inhabitants

CLOSING THOUGHT

each time a woman stands up for herself
without knowing it possibly,
without claiming it,
she stands up for all women