The Memorial To The Slaves        

A grid of eleven granite blocks is laid out across Church Square. The blocks, repose as silent reminders of Cape Town’s slave history. They index the people, local and imported, who laboured until full emancipation in 1838. Solid in their opaque mirrored surfaces, they reflect a changing sky, fragments of the surrounding buildings and glimpses of passers-by. In this fleeting moment of self-recognition, we see ourselves as living recipients of a history of dehumanised slave labour. (Wilma Cruise and Gavin Younge 2008)