Artist r1 chose to hide the image of a blue wildebeest within Hidden Trophy because of the animal’s long-distance migratory patterns in East Africa. The distinctive African antelope symbolizes the migrations of individuals who flock to Johannesburg in search of a better life. The vertically oriented signs suggest the outline of a blue wildebeest’s head through the subtle hints of blue, while the colorful composition creates a lively juxtaposition to the surrounding horizontal brickwork.

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Hidden Trophy is strategically located at a T-intersection so that drivers would have a direct view of the installation. At night, lights from passing cars illuminate the reflective artwork and make the outline of the blue wildebeest head more prominent. The large-scale piece was bolted into place and measures five meters by five meters.

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