So we all know who Nelson Mandela is, and the many things that he did for South Africa, but what you might not know is that there is a monument dedicated to him in South Africa that is pretty badass. To mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela being captured by police, the artist, Marco Cianfanelli created 50 laser cut columns that create an image of Mandela’s profile. Up close, the columns appear to be nothing more than intricate shapes and designs, but far away, these columns focus to form an image of Mandela in profile. Cianfanelli is quoted as saying, “the 50 columns represent the 50 years since his capture, but they also suggest the idea of many making the whole; of solidarity.”
How cool is this monument?! I think it is amazing. I love what the artist says it represents, and I think it’s very fitting for Mandela. Maybe I’ll stop by Howick if ever I make it to South Africa! Hope you enjoyed!