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Brief Published: 24 Feb 2011

Design Indaba: Recycled Fan


In the running for the MBOISA award at Design Indaba, Cape Town, is former ad man Porky Heffer’s Cratefan. Standing at an impressive 16.5 metres tall, the super-fan is a construction of 2,500 standard Coca-Cola bottle crates and an inner steel frame.

On the back of Coca-Cola’s recycling initiative, Live for a Difference, the drinks giant was keen to get involved. Two of the towering crate creations were built in time for the South Africa 2010 World Cup; one residing in Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, and the other anchored in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

The pieces can be dismantled, reused and recycled. But these big guys are still standing over six months later and even donned appropriate white beards during the Christmas holiday season.

South Africans themselves decide who receives the MBOISA award by casting votes by text and the winner is being announced at Design Indaba.

Design Indaba, Cape Town. February 23–27 2011.