Helen Zille is the third subject of the Big 5 collection. She was inspired by the Indian Goddess Kali, showing the same power and perceived qualities as the Indian icon; Kali the dark mother.
The love between the Divine Mother and her human children is a unique relationship. Kali, the Dark Mother is one such deity with whom devotees have a very loving and intimate bond, in spite of her fearful appearance. In this relationship, the worshipper becomes a child and Kali assumes the form of the ever-caring mother.
Helen is represented as a blue woman with four pairs of arms, in one hand she holds a cameo for Steve Biko, another yields the Cosatu sickle that has removed the plumbing fitting from Jacob Zuma's head. She has a“ knob Kerrie” and bag full of rocks, as she crosses her fingers behind her back.She wears her DA badge as a halo to her success and her arms outstretched to the nation.
Wearing a fine pink Chanel suit, with a revealing skirt, adorned with a belt compiled of the heads and arms of her cabinet at the time, including Lindiwe, Patricia De Lille and others. The skulls of many adorn her neck, and pearls and other embellishments complete the piece.
She stands triumphant over the body of Julius Malema, who hides away in a reptile suit, shedding crocodile tears and wearing ‘ the’ Breitling watch as the 11th hours ticks on the face…
This figurine took several months to complete due to all the limbs and faces of the many characters that make up this remarkable piece. The foundry took several weeks to complete the intricate moulds necessary for the casting of this piece. She stands proudly on a separate marble base.
Each piece in the collection wears individually made eyewear lazer cut at Good Letter Best.