Following the announcement of the 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country – which caused panic and uncertainty across the nation, graphic designer, Lonwabo Ngqongwa took the opportunity to give hope to a close online community by creating a piece of art titled ‘The State of (B)Lock Down’.
The art piece is inspired by the Union Building landscape situated in Pretoria, where the administration of the country is based, the same location where all democratic presidents are inaugurated.
In a section of the piece, Ngqongwa illustrated a statue of Nelson Mandela in the artist’s signature illustration style, the Lobzillz, which is greatly influenced by cubism movement and modern art. The artist imagines the state the country will be in at the end of the 21-day period and depicts this in the illustration.
Ngqongwa will release a sister art piece to this on Freedom Month. Together, the art pieces will symbolise hope.