You may have had the lucky chance to park off inside one of Hefer’s Nests – there was one tucked away in the gardens at Babylonstoren. Or looked through one of his Seven Wonders yellow frames, perfectly harnessing the beauty of Table Mountain. Chances are, you’ve come across his work somewhere along the way and enjoyed its accessibility, child-like charm and innovation.
Today, Southern Guild, in collaboration with Hefer, will be showcasing his installation at the London Design Biennale, on view until until September 27. Five of his suspended, animal-cocoon pieces will be showing and Hefer is the only representative from South Africa. This year’s theme is Utopia by Design, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Moore’s book of the same name.
The five animals in the fantasyscape are: M.Heloise (manta ray); Crocodylus Eugenie (crocodile); Lolita Blackfish (lover whale); Piranha 1: Nerina (piranha); and Panthera leo (lion), the artist’s self-portrait and his first male addition.
Earlier this year, Hefer’s Monstera Deliciosa series received high praise at a show at Southern Guild in Cape Town. And at Design Miami, Hefer’s Killer Whale was the most Instagrammed piece of design. So, if you happen to be visiting London, stop by Somerset House to view the works. Hefer and gallerist Trevyn McGowan from Southern Guild will open the London Design Biennale talks programme with a conversation about this installation.
When: The talk is on September 7, at 11am; the fair runs from September 7 to 27
Where: London Design Biennale, Somerset House, London