Category Archives: Public Art Commissions

One of South Africa’s best kept secrets, Public Art in Nelson Mandela Bay

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Over the past years, The Trinity Session has been part of the urban transformation of Central in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay. Quoting local artist David Jones that this is “One of South Africa’s best kept secrets” is no longer relevant as the visionary public art program has put Port Elizabeth and the Bay on the national public art map. Personal highlights in this journey included the final coming together of the Route 67 (67 Public Art interventions), the public activation of the Voters-line with approximately 4000 school children making their permanent mark on the Donkin, the beaded Nelson Mandela Quotes, and the vision of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in extending this work. This extension highlights include the placing of public artwork in Kings Beach, the transformation of the Athenaeum as a space of cultural expression, Trinder Square and its beautification and the far-reaching and innovative cultural interventions into Singapi Street in New Brighton. The Trinity Session continues to be part of these programs and is proud to be partnered with collaborators like the NMMU Arts Department, Numbcity, The Workplace Architects and the MBDA.

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Photographs by Mark Straw and The Trinity Session

Diepsloot, a post-apartheid township in the north of Johannesburg, has been subject to a phased environmental upgrade funded by the Johannesburg Development Agency and facilitated by The Trinity Session and Sticky Situations.

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Kliptown announcement boards

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Kliptown is one of the oldest suburbs of Soweto. In addition it is an area steeped in rich history. Kliptown was the location of the signing and declaration of the Freedom Charter of 1955. In June 1955 countless members and supporters of various anti-apartheid political parties, groups, members and supporters came together to set out their grievances, aims and aspirations of their struggle against the oppressive government.

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An important element of the Ernest Oppenheimer Park upgrade is the implementation of a series of sculptures that draw their inspiration from the history and contemporary culture of the city of Johannesburg. Artists Sipho Gwala, Mfundo Ketye, Stone Mabunda, Malakia Mothapo, and the Trinity Session in collaboration with The Library, have created a range of works that are both playful and serious, that commemorate the city’s early beginnings and celebrate its urban regeneration.



As part of its very early mandate of inner city regeneration, the JDA targeted the public environment in Hillbrow Berea and Yeoville (HBY) for upgrade. Accordingly the JDA commissioned the Trinity Session in collaboration with Ngwedi Design as project managers to effect the conceptualization and implementation of public artworks throughout the targeted areas. The process, intended as a phased interaction reached completion by 2010. Continue reading


'hands' by Mlungisi Mzingi

'hands' by Mlungisi Mzingi

The City of Johannesburg through its implementing agent, The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), has identified the VILAKAZI STREET PRECINCT (VSP) as a potentially important cultural, heritage and economic node. As such the short-term objective for the project is to stabilise, consolidate and improve the heritage assets in the Orlando area while the long-term objective aims to put in place a sustainable management model for the precinct. The scope of work for the current fiscal year will be the development of a detailed upgrade design framework with a focus on upgrade interventions and the implementation of immediate catalytic interventions that would initiate the development process. It is felt that long-term interventions could provide leverage for private and public sector investment into the area.

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