Banking is not something you usually associate with art – yet, as you walk into the Absa Towers North building in the Johannesburg CBD, you are struck by the sheer volume and potential of the open-plan space that was designed around the art it was created to house.
The major artworks were commissioned while the building was being designed – allowing artists and architects to work together to create a space that accommodated the artworks perfectly.
There are a number of artworks that can be seen in these larger spaces, including:
- A huge colourful marvel by artist, Karel Nel, titled Place of Narture hangs in the reception area;
- Five, six-storey tall tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine – which were woven by hand by rural men;
- An 11-meter tall Walter Oltmann wire sculpture depicting replicas of carved African chairs; weighing half a ton;
- A two-storey tall metal mobile of the old City of Johannesburg shown against the newer, more modern city in perfect balance; created by Lewis Levin, Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It moves slowly, making a cycle every 20 minutes.
Cnr Commissioner and Troye Streets, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2001
Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 15:30
Saturday: 08:00 – 11:30