Science meets art – that, in a nutshell, describes the work philosophy of Sibusiso Bless Mlangeni of Orange Farm in Johannesburg, who won the Recycling Category of the 2020 Innibos National Craft Awards.
He creates functional pieces – under the label Nutcase ACTS – crafted from nuts, bolts, wire and even recycled computer hardware.
Sibusiso has a mechanical engineering background and says it is his mission to unlock minds.
He is currently raising funds to continue constructing an arts and science lab in Orange Farm. His vision is a place that facilitates a flow of ideas, a meeting place for children to learn, ideas-people to share their views and unemployed graduates to gather.
He is already doing experiments for the community – his latest experiment explores the synthetic sounds in the noisy township area and how it affects human behaviour.