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On my second visit to South Africa in 1994, I was taken by my host to a game park outside Pretoria where, among other animals I was shown a very large tortoise. The following day I was taken to a cemetery in Pretoria and shown the last resting place of Nazi sympathiser, the chief proponent of apartheid and first President of South Africa, Hendrik Verwoerd. His inward-looking politics had made his country a pariah state. Verwoerd had been assassinated in 1966 on a second attempt.
The grave was marked with a bust of Verwoerd. This I combined with the tortoise in an attempt to make a more appropriate memorial.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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