iThemba Tower

This is a 20 meter-high art installation made with 6,000 recycled plastic bottles.

The problem we aim to solve:

Raise awareness about recycling and the creative use of plastic & strengthening the community of Johannesburg.

The solution our project offers:

Improve the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthen the community of Troyeville, downtown Johannesburg

The impact our project had so far:

We have support from local schools and a enthusiastic team of waste collectors.The project has already gained R35 000.


There are currently no open needs. Get in touch with r1. art if you can contribute and help out.

Who is behind this project?

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About the project

Troyeville is a vibrant community but still endures many needs and deprivation. iThemba means trust, hope. This project will support Troyeville community to raise the “iThemba Tower”, a public art monument, a symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes. This project will strengthen the community of downtown Johannesburg, support the livelihood of informal waste collectors and raise general awareness about recycling. The 20 meter-high installation will attract a lot media attention, becoming a landmark and symbol of inspiration.

The entire process will be documented into a short film, showing not only the ‘making-of’ but also the lives and aspirations of Johannesburg’s youth, the informal waste collectors and the impact of their participation in this project. The film will include interviews with the people and schools that are involved, capturing a story of transformation through creative engagement. The video and photo documentation will be distributed locally and internationally through radio, newspapers, as well as online art and environmental websites.

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