DSW offers the opportunity to work with diverse sculptural media. The foundry casts aluminium, stainless steel and bronze, often used in combination with other media such as granite, concrete and marble. Members of DSW are encouraged to pursue their own artistic careers and to make use of the foundry and studio facilities.
DSW has created various large-scale public monuments and portraits, such as Chief Tshwane, Brenda Fassie, Gert Sibande, Es’kia Mhpahlele and Solomon Mahlangu.
These sculptures were commissioned by both private and government organizations in memory of historically celebrated figures from South Africa. The representations of these pivotal historic persons help re-write the imbalance of South African history that offers significance to an aspect of our history which was neglected before.
The casting and finishing of the projects, The One Brother and the Dark Cloud (by Angus Taylor), Cogitator and Know Thyself (by Norman Catherine) exemplify technically complex foundry processes. The relation between the scale of the sculptures and the finely textured surface detail called for extensive laborious finishing whilst the height, weight and canter leverage of the forms required intelligent joining and construction engineering.