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ABSA Art Gallery

Absa Towers North in downtown Johannesburg houses many unique works of art in the offices and reception areas as well as in the smaller art gallery which houses spectacular original art.

When the building was commissioned in 1999 the major artworks were commissioned at the same time allowing the architects and artists to work together to ensure that the building accommodated the artworks perfectly.

A huge colourful mural by artist Karel Nel entitled Place of Nurture hangs in the reception area.In the atrium five six storey tall colourful tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine woven by rural men hang.

An 11metre high Walter Oltmann wire sculpture is displayed in a corner of the huge foyer depicting replicas of carved African stools. It weighs half a ton and had special steel supports inserted into its middle to prevent it from sagging.

At the back of the artrium hangs the huge metal Mobile City created by Lewis Levin Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It's a mobile of the old city of Johannesburg and the newer modern city perfectly balanced and taking up two floors of space. It moves slowly making a cycle every 20 minutes.

There's the large tapestry panel by Andrew Verster woven by rural women a six metre panel by Karel Nel a five panel work by Annette Pretorius Gallery for a full tour of the exhibition.

161 Main Street, Johannesburg Absa Towers North
Phone: +270113505793
Fax: +270113505793
28.0498500, -26.2056700
ABSA Art Gallery
Contact Type:Reception
Contact Number: +270113505793
Fax Number: +270113505793

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