Recently I (on the left) was part of the launch of David Bristow’s new book
that was held in the Origins Centre.
I had heard about the Centre and had even watched it being built
when my daughter was a student at the adjacent University.
But the chat that I had with this author was my first “visit”.
I was not able to wander around because of the launch time constraints.
However, I did promise that I would return for a proper visit.
This was the book that was launched.
And while it does not necessarily deal with fossils
and archaeological findings, it does tell the stories
that form part of the rich tapestry that is our South African history.
I discovered this rather interesting plant outside the entrance to the Centre.
It reminded me of the plant in “Little Shop of Horrors”…
It is known as the Carrion-Flower
I have to say that the entrance to the building
is very unimposing and somewhat bland.
As it turned out, all the excitement lay behind this
rather underwhelming exterior.
When the ticket office is closed, you can gain entrance via the on-site shop.
Visitors are given a device containing recordings that
correspond to numbers on the various exhibits.
The concise descriptions are educational and informative.
This is some of what I experienced on my promised visit…
Don Mattera’s words say it all…
This World Map is an installation piece by Walter Oltmann.
It can be found in the main entrance
and is designed to both envelop and and inform visitors as they arrive.
This is part of a huge sculpture that can be found in the entrance.
Intricately woven in aluminium wire by the artist,
the copper line shows how mankind began in Africa
and then spread throughout the world.
The sheer size and detail of this work caused me
to stand here in awe of the artist and his dedication.