This week for our focus on the World of Coke, we wanted to highlight one of the 24 folk art bottles that are on display.
Originally created for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia, The
The program celebrated the folk art and craft traditions of some of the countries where
ARTISTS: Maria Msiza, her mother Anna, her sisters Johanna and Sarah, and friends Anna Ntuli and Francinah Mtshwene
A team of six artists from KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga, created this bottle, which is covered by a “glove” of beads tied with nylon thread. The artists incorporated the boldly contrasting shapes and colors of traditional Ndebele house painting in their beadwork, and labored five weeks to complete the sculpture.
Of the six artists, five are former domestic workers who formed an artists' cooperative specializing in Ndebele art and craft. Most of their work is sold in flea markets in Johannesburg.
Beads, nylon thread, on hollow plastic bottle form
Bottle height: 87 inches