Arts, Culture & Heritage

The Angel of the North

Last Updated: September 26, 2023
Artist

Winston Ntuli

A Brief History

Created by Winston Luthuli – an artist associated with the Spaza Art collective in Troyeville, the figure of the angel does not reference any particular religion or cultural tradition. The sculpture serves to welcome all to the inner city suburb of Hillbrow.

Description

Made from concrete, the sculpture is elevated on a concrete base which is inscribed with the words ‘liberty’, ‘equality’ and ‘fraternity’ translated into the multitude of local, continental and international languages spoken in the ‘Afropolitan’ suburb of Hillbrow. In this way, the artwork also serves to welcome the inhabitants of Hillbrow to the realm of the Constitutional Court. The title of the work also suggests an oblique and humorous reference to the spectacular Antony Gormley sculpture of the same name located in Gateshead in the North East of England – which has a similar basic form.

The presence of the Angel of the North serves as a kind of sentinel, and is incongruous with what one might expect to find in this part of Joburg. It does not represent any particular religion, but rather evokes a “higher state of being”.

Artwork Signage

Created by Winston Luthuli – an artist associated with the Spaza Art collective in Troyeville, the figure of the angel does not reference any particular religion or cultural tradition. The sculpture serves to welcome all to the inner city suburb of Hillbrow.

Location & Address

19-25 Kotze St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2017