Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 170 700
Lot 57
  • Ledelle Moe; Congregation

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 170 700

About this Item

South African 1971-
concrete and steel
96 by 100 by 15cm


Congregation is an ongoing series of sculpture by Ledelle Moe that features an ever-changing arrangement of fist-sized heads made from concrete and steel pins. First exhibited in 2006 in Washington D.C., the installation has taken on various forms with each showing. As Moe explains, ‘Making Congregation was a way of making sense of the space around me … I was able to make [these] anywhere’.1 Produced throughout the U.S., where she obtained her Masters Degree in Sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as at home in South Africa, each head varies in colour and texture, depending on the region and country, since Moe mixes concrete from local sand. In this way, each form, much like a personal journal, marks the artist’smovement through time and space as determined by the mixture of concrete aggregate used in its production.

  1. NMCA Learn. (Undated) Congregation, [Online] Available: [11 December 2018].


Purchased by the current owner from Commune 1 Gallery, Cape Town.


G-Fine Arts, Project Room, Washington D.C., Congregation, May 6 to June 17 2006.

Bank Gallery, Durban, Erosion III, 11 July 2009.

Commune I Gallery, Cape Town, Ground, 2 August to 30 August 2012.

BIAC Martinique Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de la Martinique, 22 November 2013 to 15 January 2014.

A similar example is in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

A similar example, titled Congregation II, is in the permanent collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.


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