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Oliver Tambo International Airport
Johannesburg, Gauteng

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Architect
ERIC TODD, AUSTIN, SANDILANDS: Design Architect

Date:1960s
Type:Airport
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
26°07'59.80" S 28°13'55.51" E Alt: 1715m

Originally Jan Smuts Airport, it replaced the award winning building built in the early 1950s.

In SA Panorama, February 1973 the building was described 'As a worthy gateway to South Africa it houses forty monumental works of art commissioned by a panel of art experts from amongst the younger generation of South African artists.

The paintings, sculptures, tapestry, ceramics and copper work are situated throughout the public areas as well as in the transit and V.I.P. accommodation.'

Click Here to see a selection of the works on Art Archives - South Africa.
and Here to see an article by Geoff Bottom.

Links to some of the artists and the works put up, most likely all demolished by now [2018]:
Armando Baldinelli
Eben Leibbrandt
Esias Bosch
Berrell Jensen
Barbara Greig (no image of airport commission)
Koos den Houting (no image of airport commission)


Writings about this entry

Chipkin, Clive M. 2008. Johannesburg Transition - Architecture & Society 1950 - 2000. Johannesburg: STE Publishers. pg 169
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 67 ill