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Friday, 7 June 2013

Amazing Nelson Mandela Sculpture

In honor of South African politician Nelson Mandela and to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrest by the apartheid police, artist Marco Cianfanelli was commissioned to produce a sculpture to stand in Howick, South Africa, on the exact unassuming spot that he was captured. The installation consists of 50 steel columns which symbolise the prison bars that held him for 27 years. When viewed from the right angle, the quietly powerful sculpture forms a profile portrait of Mandela.

It consists of 50 ten meter high laser cut steel plates set into the landscape, representing the 50 year anniversary of when and where Nelson Mandela was captured and arrested, on August 6, 1962 prior to his 27 years of incarceration
When you stand at a particular point the columns come into focus and the image of Nelson Mandela can be seen...

The sculptor is Marco Cianfanelli, of Johannesburg , who studied Fine Art at Wits...

If it is for this statue I'd like to visit South Africa.  What a genius.  I think it is phenomenal.  

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.  

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