Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust
Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust is a non-profit organisation supported by generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. It brings contemporary art to a broad audience in Stellenbosch by mounting free exhibitions of international scope that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.
Monuments, memorials and civic statuary are the oldest forms of officially sanctioned public art. The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the intention of being cited or staged in the physical public domain. It is often out of doors and accessible to all.
SOST has brought contemporary art to a broad audience of locals and visitors by mounting free, annual public art exhibitions in the town since 2012. These outdoor exhibitions offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment, as well as numerous educational opportunities ranging from school tours to academic workshops.
With the cooperation and support of the Stellenbosch Municipality, outdoor artworks are placed at approved locations in the historic tourist town, adding another reason for tourists to visit the town. To date, the Trust has brought over 250 works of fine art to the streets of Stellenbosch, by some of the most renowned artists in the world.
Stellenbosch Outdoor Scultpture Trust
Benefits of Public Art
A vibrant public art programme offers a range of benefits and opportunities for enhancing the urban environment, increasing the use and enjoyment of public space, and building social cohesion. Public Art provides a means of celebrating Stellenbosch’s unique culture, diverse communities and rich history. It offers shared symbols which build social cohesion, contribute to civic pride and help forge a positive identity for the town. Through this art, the town projects its collective identity and vision, while individuals and community groups are also empowered to express their unique identities.
Public art supports the creative industries, creating opportunities for artists and designers. Further, public art acts as a catalyst for development and economic growth through innovation, attracting visitors and stimulating investment.
Public art also
Energises our public spaces
Expands our thinking
Transforms the places where we live, work and play
Creates places of interaction
Contributes to tourism offering, attracting new visitors.
Sense of civic pride which research shows leads to less crime