Cosatu Logo

In 1985, Louise Almon designed the current logo for Cosatu. On the morning of the second day of the first congress of Congress of Trade Unions South Africa (Cosatu) Jay Naidoo asked her to make a proposal for the logo. Using her empty teacup, she traced a circle on a piece of paper and sketched a wheel with 3 workers. After discussing the different proposals, Almon’s design was selected. Naidoo and other members only requested that she change one worker into a woman, forming the configuration familiar to us now. She thought that she would have time to finish, or at least clean up, the design, at a later stage, but it went into print almost immediately. The drawing produced in 2011, at my request, was an opportunity for Almon to try and finish the logo, something she could longer do.

SIMON GUSH UNTITLED (COSATU), IN COLLABORATION WITH LOUISE ALMON MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER 2011
SIMON GUSH
UNTITLED (COSATU), IN COLLABORATION WITH LOUISE ALMON
MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
2011
SIMON GUSH UNTITLED (COSATU), IN COLLABORATION WITH LOUISE ALMON MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER 2011
SIMON GUSH
UNTITLED (COSATU), IN COLLABORATION WITH LOUISE ALMON
MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
2011

At the launch of Cosatu, in Durban in 1985, a number of proposals were submitted for its logo, and a design by Louise Almon was selected. The other proposals, now lost, were reimagined based on descriptions by people who attended the launch.

PRAYER (16/12/1926), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE MURAL 2011 ELECTIONS (6/12/1985), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE MURAL 2011
PRAYER (16/12/1926), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE
MURAL
2011
ELECTIONS (6/12/1985), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE
MURAL
2011
ELECTIONS (6/12/1985), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE MURAL 2011
ELECTIONS (6/12/1985), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE
MURAL
2011
WORKERS SONG (5/11/1984), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE MURAL 2011
WORKERS SONG (5/11/1984), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE
MURAL
2011
WORKERS SONG (5/11/1984), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE MURAL 2011
WORKERS SONG (5/11/1984), IN COLLABORATION WITH LEA LAGASSE
MURAL
2011

Reworked versions of the Cosatu logo based on the a stained glass window I found in the Vooruit in Gent, Belgium.

SIMON GUSH EIGHT HOURS PAINT ON WALL
SIMON GUSH
EIGHT HOURS
PAINT ON WALL
SIMON GUSH LOCKOUT PAINT ON WALL 2009
SIMON GUSH
LOCKOUT
PAINT ON WALL
2009