IN THE MIDST OF A MAJOR FACELIFT, JOZI EMBRACES PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF BEAUTY.
is like wandering through a living, breathing gallery, where mosaic, wooden, beaded and metal sculptures, concrete creations and decorative benches fom local and international artists adorn the streets. all part of a major revitalization of the city, and the undisputed queen of the public art is the an 11-meter-high metal sculpture that overlooks the Queen Elizabeth Bridge into the city. Designed by Gerhard Marx and William South most famous living represents a familiar image to city residents: A woman, bundled up against the cold and carrying a brazier on her head, she is the embodiment of the many women who sell grilled corn and smilies (half a grilled head) to commuters traveling in and out of the city. From angles, she is either a complete image or a series of steel sheets reminiscent of newspapers blowing across city streets. The Johannesburg Development Agency has been responsible for funding most of the public art in the city, spending percent of the total capital expenditure budget to beautif the city with public art. Of particular interest: previously rundown areas most people wrote long ago. Not far fom the Firewalker are the steel-cutout trees that have been placed on street corners east and west of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Conceptualized by public art consultants the Trinity Session, designer Claire Regnard and a group of students fom the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, the trees cast their own unique, organic but very solid shadows across the city streets. The World Cup has also been incorporated as a theme: Commuters traveling up Joe Slovo Drive toward the Ellis Park Soccer Stadium are confonted by a made fom chevrons mounted on wooden stakes on the center island. The real scale of the commitment to beautifing the city is most vivid when looking at the Hillbrow/Berea/Yeoville public art project, in which more than 41 artists contributed works to cover 200 city blocks. Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville are historic urban areas that have, over the years, been appropriated by slumlords, but are now being reclaimed by the city. Standout pieces in this project are the by Winston Luthuli, a concrete angel who stands sentinel over Hillbrow, keeping an eye on the busy streets below; and by Marco Cianfanelli, a with outstretched radial arms who greets visitors to Yeoville.
The Messenger employs radial symmetry and can be viewed from any direction.
Winston concrete Angel of the North a neighborhood that was once considered dangerous.
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The stunning view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from Robben Island in Table Bay.
The Juta Street Trees were created in 2006. Each sits on a concrete planter.
Famed artist Wiliam Kentridge collaborated with Gerhard Marx to design The Firewalker.
A consisting of dozens of individual signs. deltaskymag.com June 2010