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Johannesburg looks to public art in preparation for 2010 World Cup

Date uploaded: November 3, 2009

Ndaba Dlamini of the City of Johannesburg website has written an interesting article describing the birth of many new public art installations around the city of Johannesburg, in the run up to the 2010 World Cup.

"Across the city, at the corner of Van Beek and Error streets, one may feel one has wandered into a farm in the middle of town. At a place known as Transport Square, several cow statues lie as if chewing the cud after a long graze on the green vegetation around.

The cows, designed by an artist from Bizana in Eastern Cape, Andile Mswangelwa, consist of steel frames covered in concrete, and then tiled in rounded black and white mosaic shapes. They mark what used to be an informal butchery.

Just across Transport Square in the Ellis Park precinct stands a spectacular sculpture called Invented Mythologies. The eye-catching stainless steel sculpture, a work by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, is of a boy standing on a huge sphere flying a kite. It marks the northern entrance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ venue, Ellis Park Stadium - and will most certainly be a stunning attraction for a photo shoot for many football fans during the tournament.

These are just a few of the many great works of art in Johannesburg. There are many other stunning works of art just waiting to be discovered around the inner city, such as mosaic works under the Joe Slovo flyover along Charlton Road and at the Yeoville Swimming Pool, and many other forms of art at the city's several inner city parks".

Read the full article by Ndaba Dlamini