Maropeng’s new Stone Park was designed and com­plet­ed by award-win­ning land­scap­ing firm FSG late last year. It was a mam­moth task that required care­ful plan­ning and work, as it was being cre­at­ed in a World Her­itage Site. Maropeng’s MD, Michael Worsnip, has writ­ten the fol­low­ing piece about the new addi­tion to Maropeng’s landscape.

Parks are spe­cial places. Most of us live in a high­ly urban­ized envi­ron­ment where space is lim­it­ed and most of what we see around us is con­crete. Maropeng is also a very spe­cial place, where we cel­e­brate human achieve­ment and devel­op­ment, from our ear­li­est known ances­tors to our present.

It is thus fit­ting that Stone Park is now part of the menu of options that we are proud to present to the pub­lic. It rep­re­sents every­thing that is beau­ti­ful in nature, but it also rep­re­sents, sym­bol­i­cal­ly, what great things human beings can do.

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A serene semi-cir­cle of hewn Rusten­burg gran­ite presents the vis­i­tor, in a sub­tle and artis­tic way, with our human impact on the envi­ron­ment and how we have, down the mil­len­nia, turned nat­ur­al places into func­tion­al spaces. Two giant gran­ite stone tools at the entrance to the park speak to us of human endeav­our and human indus­try. There is undoubt­ed­ly a con­nec­tion between these prim­i­tive tools and our cell­phones – that is, the extra­or­di­nary sto­ry of human devel­op­ment and how we craft our envi­ron­ment to suit our needs.

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Stone Park is a beau­ti­ful space: a space to relax, to unwind, to cel­e­brate, to par­ty, to lis­ten, to laugh, to enjoy. It is a space to con­tem­plate our con­nec­tion with the incred­i­ble span of human impact on our envi­ron­ment. It is a mul­ti­func­tion­al space, to be used for pic­nics, for con­certs, for wed­dings, for gath­er­ings or for festivals.

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We, as Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre for the Cra­dle of Humankind, are delight­ed and proud to be able to add such a won­der­ful new offer­ing to our many exist­ing ones.

We con­grat­u­late FSG and the remark­able team of cre­ative thinkers that came up with the con­cept and the design for Stone Park. We can­not say we are sur­prised, because it is in the nature of human beings to do great and won­der­ful things.