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Public art

In 2006 the City of Johannesburg formulated a policy requiring that one per cent of the construction budget of all large-scale city projects, be devoted to public art. The news was music to the ears of artists and city dwellers alike, but the path to beautifying the CBD hasn't always been smooth sailing. In our 2012 Art issue, art writer Sean O'Toole looks at the various public art projects that have popped up around the country over the last few years. Some have been major successes, while others have been put to rest by vandalism and politics. In this fascinating read he takes a journey across the major urban centres of South Africa, giving us a succinct explanation of how our most-loved public art projects came to be. Read the full story in our April 2012 Art issue, which is on sale now.