University of the Free State
ODE to TRAGEDIES LOST between LAND and SEA
A Shipwreck Interpretation Centre at the Southern Tip of Africa to collect, retell, and bridge different events through fragments and sequences of architectural mises-en-scènes.
The ocean, a vast and mysterious force, sets the stage for tragic shipwreck events around the Southern Tip of Africa. Countless historic shipwrecks of different nationalities met their untimely demise at the hands of the ocean. Meisho Maru no.38 fishing trawler, emplaced in the scene of the Southernmost Tip of Africa, is an icon in the larger shipwreck narrative between land and sea.
A Shipwreck Interpretation Centre located next to Meisho Maru No.38 and Agulhas National Park is proposed to preserve and recount forgotten shipwreck tragedies. The strong filmic quality of the setting inspires an intervention that builds on the experiential cinematic elements, creating architecture that tells a story. The Shipwreck Interpretation Centre, funded by SAN Parks, proposes sequences of architectural mises-en-scène that articulate both the dualities between and interconnectedness within human experiences as visitors move through places and times.
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