Jan Ernst is a multidisciplinary creative specializing in functional art and spatial design using clay as his main medium. The work is driven by his fascination with natural structures such as corals, fungi, and rock formations.
His organic designs stem from his abstract understanding of form and space influenced by his background in architecture, his connection with the natural world, and his South African heritage.
Safe Haven - Ceramic Mural
"Safe Haven" is a captivating ceramic mural designed and created by the Jan Ernst Studio. This monumental artwork measures an impressive 2.5 meters in length and stands at a height of 1.2 meters, making it a prominent addition to the artistic landscape of Simonstown, located just outside Cape Town.
What sets this artwork apart is not only its craftsmanship but also its innovative placement; it is the first of its kind to be installed externally, serving as a striking example of ceramics integrated into an outdoor environment. The mural incorporates five strategically placed lights that contribute to the creation of a captivating ambience, transforming the artwork into a mesmerizing spectacle after dark. This interplay of light and clay adds depth and dimension to the mural's visual narrative.
"Safe Haven" draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges and the vast expanse of False Bay. It also explores the theme of unity and the creation of a new home, symbolizing the coming together of two individuals. This multifaceted inspiration is expertly translated into the mural's intricate design and symbolism.
The creation of "Safe Haven" was a labor of love, taking Jan Ernst a dedicated 2.5 months to complete. Each detail, texture, and curve in the clay was meticulously crafted, resulting in a truly exceptional work of art that resonates with the essence of its surroundings.