Justice and Art: Representing a New South Africa

February 11, 2009

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The end of the apartheid era in South Africa brought a clean slate for justice in the country. South Africa's Constitutional Court was established in 1994 to interpret the new constitution. The Constitutional Court itself was built on the site of a former prison that held both, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi. With its open architecture and stunning public art collection, the court defies traditional expectations and captures the spirit of South Africa's transition to democracy.

 

Justice Albie Sachs is a South Africa Constitutional Court Justice.  He was in Chicago as the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Chicago. Justice Sachs helped establish the vast art collection in the Constitutional Court and documented the effort in the book “Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.”

 
Take a virtual tour of the South Africa Constitutional Court building


Take a virtual tour of the South Africa Constitutional Court art collection