Motorists, residents and even officials are baffled as to how a hooded figure in a green boat landed up on the Black River.
The hooded figure, which resembles the popular depiction of the grim reaper, sits in a boat with a dead branch that has plastic bottles hanging from it and has been sighted on the river since Tuesday last week.
Liesbeek River maintenance project manager Jason Mingo said speculation was that the figure in the boat may have been a prank. “We have gone out to look at it but we don’t know what it is. We think it could be part of a student prank,” he said. They had no jurisdiction over the Black River and they couldn’t just remove it.
Artist Emily Robertson said she had received e-mails and phone calls as the figure looked a lot like the artwork she did.
UCT professor Kevin Winter said the artist could have been trying to depict the idea of the “ferryman” in Greek mythology, wherein the “River Styx” was a river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (Hades).
He said he was glad about the attention the artwork was bringing to the heavily polluted river, as the water quality had been improved.
By Yolisa Tswanya. Source: IOL News