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Middelburg Mall’s R200m expansion to feature installations by local artists

Philmon Talane, one of the winners of Middelburg Mall’s popular “My Middelburg My Region Art competition”. He has been commissioned to do a public art installation as part of the mall’s R200 million second phase expansion.

The creative talent of two of Middelburg’s finest artists has been commissioned for a public art installation as part of the R200 million second phase expansion of Middelburg Mall. 

As one of Mpumalanga’s leading shopping destinations, the mall is expanding and is set to open its second phase ahead of the year-end festive season on 18 October 2014.

Middelburg Mall General Manager, Mike Tammadge says: “At entrance four we have a demarcated an area especially for the art work. Shopping is about the experience and we wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where shoppers feel almost at home. Bringing in art work enhances the experience which is very important to us.”

Commissioned artists Philmon Talane and Coster Mkoki were winners of the mall’s popular annual “My Middelburg My Region Art competition” recently. Talane claimed the winning prize in the painting category with his artwork ‘Steve Tshwete offices’.

“I’m extremely happy that my art will be part of Middelburg Mall and I hope it inspires other up and coming artists as well,” says Talane.

“I wanted to show that talent is everywhere – in all corners in South Africa. I also wanted to show people that Steve Tswete Municipality one of the cleanest in the country through my painting,” he adds.

Winner of the sculpture category and third-time entrant to the competition, Coster Mkoki, has created a sculpture especially for the expansion. Mkoki says his sculpture of a cow atop an antique tractor was inspired by the local community.

“The idea came from bringing a number of different industries in the area together – from farming to mining and manufacturing. It’s a very humbling experience and I’m honoured that visitors to Middelburg Mall will be able to see my sculpture. This will be my first piece of public art.

“Everyday life and people inspire my art,” adds Mkoki.

Once completed, the expansion will increase retail space at Middelburg Mall by 12 500sqm.

Tammadge says: “Construction is progressing well and we are looking forward to the opening of our exciting second phase. Shoppers will not only get greater retail variety, but an enhance shopping experience at Middelburg Mall with public art and our landmark clock tower, which is part of the expansion.”

Middelburg Mall is situated just off the N4 highway and is owned by Flanagan & Gerard Property Investments and the Moolman Group.