The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's bustling commercial capital took a pause for art, with an unveiling ceremony for a monumentalsculpture on a downtown traffic island.

A four-story sculpture welded from jagged sheets of steel is hard to veil. So what was unveiled at Wednesday's ceremony was a plaque with the piece's title -"Fire Walker" and the names of the artists who created it: William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx.

Kentridge, among South Africa's best-known artists, has work in major collections around the world.

Next year Kentridge ventures into directing, with a production of Dmitri Shostakovich's adaptation of "The Nose" premiering at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

"Fire Walker" is the first Kentridge piece to go on public display in Johannesburg, his hometown.