Striated Skies No. 48 – Is it the Spirit of Cape Town?

48. Is it the Spirit of Cape Town?

Taken on a beautiful day in Cape Town, the picture that inspired this striated sky shows a CMACGM container ship leaving the harbour as smaller vessels sail about. The picture is taken on Haul Rd looking North East towards Bloubergstrand.  This blog is divided into three parts: Cape Town Harbour, CMACGM and the Dolosse

Cape Town Harbour

The Cape Town Harbour sees a large majority of Fruit and Fish exports out of South Africa. It is by no means the largest harbour and other harbours are planned to overtake it in terms of yearly tonnage. For a detailed breakdown of the South African harbours and Transnet’s future planning check out this document. Cape Town Harbour has grown over the years, starting with the Victoria and Alfred basin (now home to the V&A waterfront) and expansion to its current location, there are plans to continue its expansion.

CMACGM

The Story of CMACGM is quite an inspiring one. The company is the result of a merger when state owned CGM was privatised. Jacques Saadé started CMA in 1978 with one ship operating between Beirut, Lattakia, Marseille, and Livorno. There were 4 employees. The company continued to grow and in 1996 the CMA industrial plan was selected by the French government and Saadé turned CGM around in under a year. In 1999 the companies merged to form the 12th largest shipping company in the world. In 2000 they were voted best shipping company in the world and are currently the 3rd largest with a capacity of 13 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit i.e. no. of containers) a year. One of their 470 vessels (with a combined capacity of 1,880,000 TEUs) is named “Spirit of Cape Town”.

Dolosse

On the right hand side of the picture you can see some dolosse protecting the coast from erosion. The reason I have decided to write a little bit about the dolosse is that they are a South African invention. The Dolos was invented in 1963 by East London harbour engineer Eric Merrifield (possibly together with Aubrey Kruger) after a storm ripped off 60% of East London harbour’s armour. The design is an H shape with one leg turned 90 degrees. The dolosse fit together forming a porous wall that allows the dissipation of energy when waves hit it. Dolosse are used on coastlines around the world. The Dolos Breakwater Block Memorial, can be seen at the East London Harbour.

 

52 Striated Skies

The Mountain (Cape Town)

In 2014 while busy with my Thesis I found a great distraction; editing photographs by taking out the sky portion and replacing it with parallel stripes. I started on a photo taken of Table Mountain in 2011. The photo was taken from the boat that we were taking to visit Robben Island. I loved the way that it turned out and decided to make more. I had the idea of creating a piece for each of the cities that I had visited, and given that we were living in East London, I decided to take a picture of the harbour and created the picture below.

Harbour Alpha

 

With this being a great distraction, I often found myself spending hours editing photographs to create, what I have decided to term, Striated Skies. Pictured below is the bridge going into KZN that was taken on my Honeymoon, a picture of Garlic fields near Meiringspoort and one of the ‘hogs’ of Hogsback

Shout for Joy (Bridge into KZN) Pungent Beauty We Drove (Hogsback)

I came up with the name ‘Striated Skies’ by looking for a synonym for stripe. The definitions are below.

stria

ˈstrʌɪə/

noun
technical
1. a linear mark, slight ridge, or groove on a surface, often one of a number of similar parallel features.

striated

strʌɪˈeɪtɪd/

adjective
1. striped or streaked.
technical
1. marked with stria
To date I have created a number of pieces, that are shown below, but for 2015 I wanted to do something for the entire year.
Now that I have completed my formal studies,  I have spare time on my hands. I will be creating a Striated Sky piece each week for 2015, so come back each Sunday to see the new addition to my collection.

Footsteps to Beauty Abandoned Beauty (Karoo Dirt Road) Beach tour (cows on Wild Coast)
Bank on Change Mpambanyoni arch (Scottburgh) Serene Summer (Melkbos)

2012 – Back in East London

So, we are back in East London after a two week holiday in Cape Town. Posts on the holiday in CT including all the good’s, bad’s, ugly’s, photos etc are to follow, once all the photos are on my Mac. Cape Town was great and it is definitely a place we will go back to.

 

2012 is going to be a year that is going to be filled with new experience as I embark on doing my MBA. Hopefully I will still have time to write posts which may change from travel and photos to business.

So this is just to let the world know that I am still here in the world