The creative studio and foundry Dionysus Sculpture Works (DSW) was established by South African sculptor Angus Taylor in 1996. This creative space has expanded significantly over the years, making an important contribution to South African art.
DSW has completed a collection of sculptures and installations in public spaces, of which the most recent example is the Ellerman House Wine Gallery (2013) in Cape Town. Other sculpture projects for private as well as public institutions include the contemporary public sculptures at Irene Village Mall, the Apple Mac Head Quarters in Johannesburg, Newcastle Mall Kwa-Zulu Natal, the University of Pretoria Main Campus (2010) and OBZ Square on Main in Cape Town. Monumental public sculptures for government organisations and municipal councils include, amongst others, the Chief Tshwane monument at the Pretoria City Hall, (2006) and the Brenda Fassie statue in the Newtown Precinct of Johannesburg (2006).
The studio and foundry is actively involved in various sculpture projects, including the restoration and casting of old South African sculptors, the most recent being Anton van Wouw’s plaster masters for the University of Pretoria and the Van Wouw Museum. DSW also participates in projects and installations, where the foundry and studio collaborate with contemporary South African artists in upscaling, 3-D scanning, 3-D printing, bronze or stainless steel casting and finishing and installation of artworks. The foundry casts sculptures for artists Norman Catherine, Deborah Bell, Wayne Barker, Rina Stutzer and Angus Taylor, amongst others.
DSW offers the opportunity to embrace new development in diverse technology in combination with traditional sculptural media. The foundry casts aluminium, stainless steel and bronze, often used in combination with other media such as granite, concrete and marble. Members of DSW are encouraged to pursue their own artistic careers and to make use of the foundry and studio facilities, and participate in an annual DSW group-exhibitions. The most recent was the Syncopation group exhibition showcased at the Clover Aardklop Arts Festival in 2014.
Research and development of new materials and methods implemented in sculpture making is a vital on-going studio endeavour. The studio infrastructure and expertise equips DSW to create powerful conceptual artworks executed with technical proficiency and refinement, as well as sensitivity. The studio creates by implementing both the oldest sculpting and casting techniques to the most advanced current technologies and processes available, from large-scale clay modelling to 3-dimensional scanning and virtual planning processes.
DSW utilises ceramic mould casting and sand casting techniques and works with induction melting of bronze, stainless steel and aluminium. The studio assists artists in developing large-scale sculpture and installation through our inventive expertise and diverse knowledge base. This is made possible through the diverse community of visual artists with different focuses employed by the studio. The 2000 square meter studio workspace allows for almost any scale of work.