Public art and the Infecting the City festival

Public Art
I first started to appreciate public art while walking the streets of Paris on vacation in 2006. It seemed that everywhere we looked there was at least one piece of art on display with the gardens and parks seeming to be gathering places for statues and sculptures of all kind. I realised then that in some way art (and perhaps sculpture in particular) conjures up the humanity in those who see it. In some way it draws us from our day-to-day race and reminds us that we're human; not robots made to mechanically step through life.

Although Cape Town has it's fair share of statues, they're mostly political in nature and weren't placed in the public domain for reasons of artistic appreciation (I don't think). However, there appears to have been a gradual move towards public art displays - with the most notable one being the scuptures of girls and butterflies along the Sea Point promenade.

The Infecting the City public art festival is set to take place from 21 February until 26 February in Cape Town. (Here's a schedule). While the main hub will be located on the square outside the Cape Town Station the displays and performances will be spread all over the CBD area. If you're not normally in the city, make a plan to visit - there's going to be plenty to see and admire!

4 thoughts on “Public art and the Infecting the City festival

  1. Paul

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    Hi Theo, thanks for that. I’m using a Canon 400D, and at the moment mostly use my 18-135mm Canon lens. Yes, absolutely, RAW it is.

    Theo, I see that you’re French. We’ve started with French classes – and I have to say, you have a beautiful, yet insanely difficult language! :)

  2. Theo

    Actually I’m Swiss but I moved to Paris for my studies. Nice camera, the 18-135mm lens is my favorite too.

    So if you started with French classes, tous mes commentaires seront en Français à partir de maintenant ;) C’est vrai que c’est une langue difficile, surtout en ce qui concerne l’orthographe, mais je suis sûr que tu t’en sortiras Paul!

  3. Paul

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    That’s just mean Theo… :) I picked out a few words from the sentence – but I’ve only been for 2 lessons! :D

    Yes, the spelling’s going to be the really tricky part! Perhaps it’s all in practicing reading the language, so go ahead, comment in French – I’ll try to keep up. :)

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