Cape Town - Since it opened mid-2014, the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, affectionately known as the Boomslang, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has become one of the Mother City's most sought-after tourist attractions.
Apart from providing an unparalleled view of the gardens as well as the city in the distance, the walkway itself is also quite something for the eye and has been declared the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOSA) at Design Indaba Expo 2015.
In a press release on their site, Design Indaba stated that while thousands of people may have voted for the attraction 'with their feet' over the past few months, thousands more voted for it via SMS, making it the public's top choice among 12 nominated works in this year's competition.
The raised walkway through the garden's arboretum was a collaborative effort by architect Mark Thomas and structural engineer Henry Fagan.
Inspired by a snake skeleton, the walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees. It takes the visitor on an awe-inspiring journey through nature, rising up from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursting out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. Thomas and Fagan designed the structure to be low maintenance and low impact.
Every year, Design Indaba invites experts and leaders in the creative community to nominate a locally made product or project that they consider to be the most "beautiful". They are free to interpret the concept of beauty in whatever way they like. The result is always a diverse and throught-provoking roundup of work produced in the past year.
Thomas and Fagan win a six-square-metre stand at Design Indaba Expo 2016. So expect to see more incredible work from them next year!