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Destination is the ultimate ideal as is illustrated by the structures (City Hall, Voortrekker Monument, South Gauteng High Court). These structures represent communities, tradition, equal human rights and democratic legislation. The artwork portrays a variety of indigenous elements, including: a rhinoceros, an elephant, South African architecture and anthropomorphic figures(hippopotamus, buffalo). The elephant and rhinoceros are coated in wax, a preservative material, to capture and maintain their existence. The wax acts as a protective vessel, sheltering these endangered animals.
There are also figures prevalent in the artwork that emulate otherness (albinism, a transvestite and a drag queen). Ostracised and hunted these figures must adopt fabricated identities in order to be accepted into the community in a similar fashion. However, the small albino children dancing around the drag queen illustrate an innocence unphased by the biases of society.
An ancient Chinese proverb articulates an invisible red thread binding those whom are destined to meet, irrespective of time, place or circumstance. The red thread connect the subject matter as they are all linked in circumstance, travelling to a utopia. Therefore this destination is a inclusive jamboree, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or species.
Keywords: LGBT, endangered species, party, circus,