On August 5, 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested and charged for treason in the Rivonia Trial. When the trial ended, he was incarcerated for 27 years, most of them spent on Robben Island. “After his release from prison in 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994. As President, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.”
Former President Nelson Mandela is a singularly inspiring person. You may have heard of his noble character and that when you meet him you’ll feel that he’s hugged you from across the room. To pay homage to his exalting spirit, a unique sculpture was unveiled to commemorate 50 years since his arrest. The portrait sculpture has 50 steel columns, all of which are charcoal in colour and now stands on the site where he was captured. Esteemed sculptor Marco Cianfanelli describes his creation as,
The front of the sculpture is a portrait of Mandela, it has vertical bars which represent his imprisonment. When you walk through the structure it’s radiates like a burst of light, which symbolises the political uprising of many people and solidarity.” He said the sculpture showed the irony of the apartheid government trying to stop the struggle. But it had the opposite effect as it helped to grow and galvanise the movement.
The project aims to educate history to today’s generation. As they say, exploring the past is important to understand the present and shape the future.