Art of Business

Art of Learning

Diane Miller
and Cosmas Marimbe Seat of Learning (detail),
wood and steel, 145 x 105 x 95cm, base 76 x 230 x 134cm, 2007

Staff and clients visiting the Rand Merchant Bank Academy at 3 Merchant Place, Sandton are greeted by the Seat of Learning – a larger-than-life chair, raised on a plinth, intended to literally and figuratively ‘elevate’ the joint concepts of learning and knowledge.

Created by artist Diane Miller and assisted by Cosmas Marimbe, the Seat of Learning was crafted from recycled wood and steel and is intentionally kept vacant – an open invitation to all who are eager to learn.

Eleven embroideries from the Intuthuko Group from Etwatwa township, Ekurhuleni form part of this installation. The embroideries speak to the importance of teamwork and of listening to diverse viewpoints when forming an educated opinion. The embroideries are framed as old ‘slates’ or school blackboards and carry messages about learning in South Africa’s eleven official languages.

An additional, large blackboard invites others to leave a comment, engage and be part of the learning journey – many minds are always better than one!

Four of the eleven embroideries created by the Intuthuko Group for the Seat of Learning, each crafted from hand-dyed thread on 100% pure cotton fabric and measuring 34 x 24cm