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[IN PICS] Project to reproduce landmark Rondebosch fountain almost complete

24 August 2018 5:32 PM
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The iconic fountain was destroyed after a speeding car drove into it during the early hours of the morning three years ago.

The project to reproduce Rondebosch's historic fountain is nearing completion.

The iconic fountain was located at the intersection of Belmont and Main roads in Rondebosch for over a century.

The fountain was also the first electric lamp post in South Africa.

It was destroyed after a speeding car drove into it during the early hours of the morning three years ago.

The fountain was very badly damaged and several pieces of it went missing. As a result, it could not be restored.

Cape-Town based foundry Heritage Castings has been responsible for the project, creating a replica of the original fountain patterns and structure.

We should have completed fountain within the next five or six week, ready to install.

Max Teichmann, owner of Heritage Castings

We've been working on this since about May 2017.

Max Teichmann, owner of Heritage Castings

The fountain is an art form. It's a piece of art.

Max Teichmann, owner of Heritage Castings

It will look identical.

Max Teichmann, owner of Heritage Castings

Max Teichmann, the owner of Heritage Castings, explains the time and skills it has taken to put the masterpiece together.

He says 79-year-old pattern maker, Steve Wood, dedicated 2000 hours of his life to manufacture the patterns to replicate the fountain.

Listen to the conversation on The John Maytham Show:

Images: Rondebosch Fountain Facebook page.


24 August 2018 5:32 PM
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