Rhodes clocktower: the first of the four landmarks
There’s a straight line of four landmarks that runs right through the middle of Grahamstown. At one end there’s the1820 Settlers Monument on Gunfire Hill and at the other there’s the crown of trees on Makana’s Kop. Down in the valley between them is the Rhodes clocktower and, beyond the Drostdy Arch, the Cathedral of St Michael and St George on Church Square.
The classic picture of the Rhodes clocktower is from the Drostdy lawns. My fisheye view is rather different as it’s looking straight up the clocktower from just outside the front door to Rhodes’ main building. The second view was taken last year from the steep hill on Somerset Street. The campus buildings are rising out of the smoke that was blowing into town from the big fires.
The tower in the smoke picture will be one of the many artworks auctioned at the Johan Carinus Annual Art Auction on 19 May. Contact Lizelle (046 622 4543) for tickets if you are interested in going.