Without a doubt Nelson Mandela is one of the great world figures of the late 20th century and the early years of the 21st. His fight against apartheid has become a symbol of civil rights and many monuments have been erected in his honor in different parts of the world. And of course where they are most abundant is in his nativeSouth Africa. But perhaps of all those memorials, the most unique and attractive is the sculpture that Marco Cianfanelli designed and that was inaugurated in 2012, evoking the 50th anniversary of his imprisonment.
Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli
The location of the work could not be more significant since it is located at Howick, at a point on the road where Nelson Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962. Since that day he has been imprisoned for 27 years, most of them in the prison of Robben Island, a few miles from the metropolis of Cape Town.
Despite his fight for equal rights between blacks and whites continued in prison, and even increased to become a true myth and a character of international renown. For that reason, after his release, endless honors would come to him. Among them presiding over his country or receiving theNobel Peace Prize.
To pay tribute to him the South African Marco Cianfanelli (1970 –) devised this sculpturecomposed of 50 iron bars, in clear allusion to the cells of his long imprisonment. These bars have variable heights, between 5 and 9 meters, and are arranged in a way that seems capricious. But it's actually well studied.
For example, it is said that walking among them the effect of a shot is visualized, something that is to be linked to the great triumph that came to power by the African National Congress with Mandela at the helm.
However, the most curious thing is that when one moves away more than 30 meters from the work, and reaches a specific point, then one sees that the bars form the face of the mythical black leader. And it is that the creator of the work himself has argued that he wanted to represent that the fact of being arrested and imprisoned increased the political dimension of Mandela. He made him a giant for South Africans, first only for blacks and then also for many whites, since when he was president he tried to rule for everyone, without taking revenge for everything he had suffered before. That earned him the respect of the vast majority of the population. Like him, he was a figure admired throughout Africa and the world.