Seen and Unseen Steps to Success

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Jean Cathro


Disability, Socially Engaged Art, South Africa, Trust


This is the story of the making of a sculpture called the Steps to Success built in a Special Needs School in Umlazi Township in Durban, South Africa. It is a story not just about the stones, metal wire, concrete and paint of the steps. It is a story about all the people that made it possible and how those memories are hidden in the steps. The sculpture was built by the learners and teachers at the school and a Scottish organisation called Crossing Countries. It is still being added to by the school and other organisations. It is a story about how art helps to build trust overtime between people who have different skills and come from different countries.

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