The Nelson Mandela Monument by Marco Cianfanelli

It’s not everyday we get to boast something awesome on mmminimal from our own backyard. Marco Cianfanelli has created this national monument to mark the 50 years anniversary since Madiba’s capture by the apartheid police in 1962. Located in the Natal midnlands and made up of 50 steel columns the sculpture stands about 9 meters high.


this represents the momentum gained in the struggle through the symbolic of mandela’s capture. the 50 columns represent the 50 years since his capture, but they also suggest the idea of many making the whole; of solidarity. it points to an irony as the political act of Mandela’s incarceration cemented his status as an icon of struggle, which helped ferment the groundswell of resistance, solidarity and uprising, bringing about political change and democracy.


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