Sibusiso Mbhele and His Fish Helicopter by Koto Bolofo

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Sibusiso Mbhele And His Fish Helicopter is a cinematic look at the life and work of a visionary South African outsider artist who sparked the jealousy, wrath, and ultimate rejection of his own community with his wondrous creations of scrap metal flying machines.

Based on his eponymous film, originally screened in 2000 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Koto Bolofo’s first monograph documents a young, talented South African sculptor forced to flee his rural home—a full-sized, hand-built metal facsimile of a helicopter—which stood as an oddity against a background of traditional thatched huts in his African village.

Self-taught, Mbhele earned his living creating scrap metal sculptures of planes, cars, and bicycles from wire, car wrecks, oil tin drums, and other recycled materials. After making the headlines in the local newspapers, Mbhele’s neighbors, jealous of his recognition and success, destroyed his creations and his beloved helicopter home. They had him jailed, and though he was later released, the tension and threat of further trouble was enough to make Mbhele take flight from his precious helicopter haven and head for the security of the city and the unknown.

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Published June 1, 2002 by powerHouse Books. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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'Sibusiso's work is all made from scrap, so I wanted to use a precious metal.' · Sibusiso Mbhele and his Fish Helicopter runs at the new Scout gallery at 1-3 Mundy Street, off Hoxton Square, London N1 from 15 Nov-21 Dec

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Art by Air, Land, Sea & Eye South African sculptor Sibusiso Mbhele lived in a life-size, fish-shaped helicopter that he made himself, and earned a living in his small rural town by making scrap-metal sculptures of airplanes and other vehicles, until his jealous neighbors destroyed his home an...

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