Cape Town! You’ve been Framed! Yellow Frames for Table Mountain Photos

Tourists (and locals) in Cape Town are loving the city’s new initiative – giant yellow picture frames set up in gorgeous locations around the city so that visitors can photograph themselves from well-known and unusual views with Table Mountain as a backdrop.

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Signal Hill. Photo: Johanna Wagenknecht

The Table Mountain Frames Project includes the erection of seven frames, produced by South African artist Porky Hefer as part of the Table Mountain New7Wonder of Nature legacy project, and the interactive artwork is listed as an official World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 site.

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Table Mountain

The frames are painted in the WDC yellow (which some have pointed out bear a resemblance to the National Geographic yellow). They’re placed in strategic locations around Cape Town which perfectly frame the city’s famous mountain.

Signal Hill Photo: Lorraine Kader
Signal Hill. Photo: Lorraine Kader

So far the frames have been installed at the  V&A Waterfront, Signal Hill, Eden on the Bay, and most recently – on June 11 – at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha (which locals are encouraged to visit!).


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Lookout Hill is one of Cape Town’s hidden treasures in the heart of Khayelitsha (which means ‘new home’), and the frame will create a new attraction in the community.

From left to right: Tourism Department Director Ms. Nombulelo Mkefa, Table Mountain Cableway CEO Ms. Sabine Lehmann, Tourism Department product development head Mr Sisa Ngondo, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing Councillor Garreth Bloor, and the City’s tourism development manager Mr Mthetheleli Hugo.
From left to right: Tourism Department Director Ms. Nombulelo Mkefa, Table Mountain Cableway CEO Ms. Sabine Lehmann, Tourism Department product development head Mr Sisa Ngondo, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing Councillor Garreth Bloor, and the City’s tourism development manager Mr Mthetheleli Hugo.

Lookout Hill provides the best vantage point to realise the actual size of  Khayelitsha, and overlook the varoius parts of the township and spectacular views up to the ocean.

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Councillor Garreth Bloor cuts the ribbon, officially launching the new frame in Khayelitsha.

“We are delighted that Khayelitsha has been included as part of this WDC 2014 project. We encourage tour operators to include this newest attraction in their itineraries. Tourism in our historical communities is a valuable industry to local entrepreneurs, and we urge locals and visitors to support the small businesses within communities to help create much needed jobs,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Tourism Department staff get a picture perfect shot at the launch.
Tourism Department staff get a picture perfect shot at the launch.

Constructed in 2004, Lookout Hill is a tourism facility that houses a function hall, restaurant, and arts and crafts stalls – attracting a number of tourists. The frame is installed on the 164-step high viewing deck, providing 360-degree views across the Cape Flats.

“Our communities tend to rely on mainly international tourists for support;  we urge Capetonians to do something different by exploring what their own city has to offer. Hop on a tour bus and experience the rich cultural diversity of our city. The view from Lookout Hill makes it well worth a visit,” added Councillor Bloor.

Other frames are proposed for the city centre, Robben Island and Blouberg Beach.

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V&A. Photo: Janet Collins
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V&A. Photo: Allen Morrison
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Photo: Ricky Botha
V&A Photo: Michelle Manos
V&A Photo: Michelle Manos
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Signal Hill. Photo: Haydyn Morris
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Table Mountain. Photo: Nia Hobbs