|JDA sculpture competitions in the inner city|
|14 March 2011|
OVER the last ten years, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has installed public art all over the city. Sculptures and murals of all shapes and sizes are to be found in the inner city, Soweto, and Orange Farm. There are colourful cows on Transport Square; whimsical pigeons on Market Street; and a dignified eland in Braamfontein. This year the JDA will continue to fund new public art, starting with a sculpture competition on two sites in the inner city.
Public Art Strategy
The JDA's Public Art Strategy (2011 – 2016) will be based on the assumption that a successful public art programme improves the quality of an environment by making it a more attractive place to work or live. Public art also has the potential to generate a culture of creativity and to help promote the image of a city.
Mary Fitzgerald Square
Mary Fitzgerald Square is a large, important public square situated in the heart of Newtown. It is in close proximity to a number of historically significant buildings such as the Market Theatre, Museum Africa, the Turbine Hall and the Worker's Library.
The redeveloped corner site of Leyds and Biccard Streets provides space for the installation of a medium-scale sculpture. This main element is accompanied by an additional detail in core-ten steel, which requires a redesign of commuter or pedestrian figures in a line positioned along the upgraded Biccard Street bridge wall. The City of Johannesburg has made a substantial investment in transport infrastructure, and the Commuter Links commission is linked to the upgrading of the roads around the Rotunda and Park Station that will improve the pedestrian experience in this important transport hub.
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The Johannesburg Development Agency, set up as a limited liability company, is an agency of the City of Johannesburg that stimulates and supports area-based economic development initiatives throughout the metropolitan area.