|Fifty rods of steel, symbolizing prison bars...|
|... so people will never forget the years Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.|
|The remarkable thing about this artwork is that...|
|... it is only when you stand at a certain distance that you see him.|
South African artist Marco Cianfanelli has designed and constructed a monument to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of peace activist, statesman, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela’s arrest by the apartheid police in 1962. The sculpture comprises 50 steel columns measuring 21.32 and 29.52 feet (6.5 and 9 meters) high, each anchored to the concrete-covered ground. The shape and form of the sculpture are representative of the leader’s 27 years behind bars for his efforts to bring equal rights and governmental representation to the once racially divided nation.
The monumental sculpture is located in Howick, 56 miles (90 kilometers) south of Durban. For more images, go here.
[Courtesy of Olivia de Haulleville]