Water Wars exhibition focuses on water crisis and climate change

Sweetlove penguins in Antartica

Exhibition at the Almenkerk Wine Estate in Elgin, by internationally renowned artist William Sweetlove, focuses on the water crisis we are currently facing and will face with climate change. 

William Sweetlove uses recycled plastics and metals to create his environmentally friendly art filled with messages that make you think about the environment and what is genuinely happening right now, not only here in Cape Town with our current water problem, but across the globe.

At the beginning of December 2016, William Sweetlove and Cape Town Art Agency (CTAA) managed to set up a temporary art exhibition in Antarctica to create awareness of environmental issues. 

"A colony of Adelie penguins were placed in Rossea, one of the last remaining intact ecosystems and also the largest protected marine area in the world", said William Sweetlove. 

Fishing in Rossea has been banned for the next 35 years as penguins are not only threatened by climate change, but also the continuous hunting of krill which forms the main diet of these penguins.

“Up until 2015 we have been lucky to avoid this threat and as an artist, I am using my plastic penguins to emphasize the issue in this area. The scientific studies in this area is vital in the research of global warming”, said Sweetlove. 

As no objects may be left in Antarctica, the Sweetlove penguins will return to Cape Town where they will be auctioned off for a good cause.


WHERE: Almenkerk Wine Estate, Viljoenshoop Road 50, Grabouw, 7160

PHOTO: Jacob Møller

William Sweetlove is a Belgian artist who's known for his eco-friendly animal art.
With remarkable imagery, he mockingly denounces narrow-mindedness and addresses our basic humanity: our world is a borrowed thing, and our actions should never be at the expense of animals.