A public square in the centre of Cape Town’s Foreshore, Pier Place has recently been upgraded at a cost of R2-million. The Foreshore, an area of Cape Town reclaimed from the sea has always been an area of the city that was off limits to all but those who worked in the uninspiring office blocks in the area.
That has changed in recent years with the development of a number of hotels, restaurants and cafes in and around this square, close to Cape Town’s Convention Centre. The square has been re-surfaced and a number of elegant benches and life-like statues by artist Egon Tania have been placed there. The statues depict normal people going about their everyday life (talking on a cell phone, reading the newspaper or a child playing in the sand), thus reclaiming the square for the use of all Capetonians.
The square’s anchor tenant is Vodacom which occupies most of the Pier Place building, which was designed fifteen years ago by architect Louis Karol. From an outdoor table at the Pier Café , the view across the square to the Heerengracht, Cape Town’s palm tree lined boulevard with Table Mountain in the background is both relaxing and majestic.