Arts, Culture & Heritage

Juta Street Trees

Last Updated: September 26, 2023
Artist

Claire Regnard & The Imbali Visual Literacy Project

A Brief History

Nine of these ‘urban tree’ sculptures were originally commissioned as part of the overall upgrade of the Braamfontein suburb in 2007 and as a device reinforcing the ‘cultural arc’ that links the Newtown Cultural Precinct immediately to the south to Braamfontein. The JDA was so pleased with the results that the agency commissioned the production of a further sixteen sculptures that establish a pedestrian route down Juta street. Trinity Session acted as commissioning agent and project manager.

The original designs for the works were generated out of workshops conducted by Trinity Session and the artist Claire Regnard with students from the Imbali Visual Literacy Project in Newtown, using recycled materials such as tyres and plastics. Regnard then developed this material into designs that could be laser cut from steel and assembled into the tree sculptures. The trees were produced and installed in two phases between 2006 and 2008

Description

25 steel cut out trees mounted on concrete plinths.

Based on folded paper and paper cut-outs, each tree bears highly detailed design elements developed by the individual artists involved.

Artwork Signage

Nine of these ‘urban tree’ sculptures were originally commissioned as part of the overall upgrade of the Braamfontein suburb in 2007 and as a device reinforcing the ‘cultural arc’ that links the Newtown Cultural Precinct immediately to the south to Braamfontein. The JDA was so pleased with the results that the agency commissioned the production of a further sixteen sculptures that establish a pedestrian route down Juta street. Trinity Session acted as commissioning agent and project manager.

The original designs for the works were generated out of workshops conducted by Trinity Session and the artist Claire Regnard with students from the Imbali Visual Literacy Project in Newtown, using recycled materials such as tyres and plastics. Regnard then developed this material into designs that could be laser cut from steel and assembled into the tree sculptures. The trees were produced and installed in two phases between 2006 and 2008

Location & Address

Juta Street, Braamfontein. The artworks are located along Kotze Street, from the intersection with Henri Street in the west, through to the intersection with Melle Street in the east.