We Can Be Heroes is a large-scale mobile public art work that consists of a series of helium filled inflatable sculptures inspired by the Southern sky, imagined floating lands, local stories and contemporary mythologies. These unmissable poetic outcomes aim to gather and unite new audiences to witness the hyper-real possibilities of people’s imaginations as it shifts their gaze upwards towards the sky.

We Can Be Heroes was the 2019 signature project of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) and premiered at the Vrystaat Art Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Conceived by OSCA Artistic Director Paul Gazzola and made in collaboration with the artist Marius Jansen van Vuuren and local Bloemfontein participants, these unmissable poetic outcomes were situated across the city of Bloemfontein, activating public spaces both day and night with a distinctly evocative allure.

We Can Be Heroes charged the untapped potential of the festival skyline through the creation of a series of community designed floating artworks. The project gave an opportunity for local artists and non-artists to gain skills from industry specialists and be involved in an inclusive community initiative. We Can Be Heroes marked Bloemfontein as being a significant city that promotes positive artistic expression and social cohesion.

Images by Francois



Artists Involved

Project Partners

PIAD – Programme for Innovation in Artform Development
University of the Free State
Vrystaat Art Festival
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Our mission is to provide artists and non-artists with opportunities to create contemporary works that explore local ideas and new way of coming together in the public domain.

OSCA acknowledges we work on Kaurna Land – always was, always will be.

OSCA is funded by Arts South Australia. We also receive project support from the Australia Council, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Country Arts SA and the City of Onkaparinga.