Pain as 'moody' statue misses Mandela Day

18 Jul 2018

One of South Africa's most talented artists and academics, Professor Pitika Ntuli, will probably be the only sad person on Wednesday while the world smiles and rejoices over the 100 year mark since the birth of Nelson Mandela.


Ntuli's heartache comes after a marble sculpture of Mandela that he had been working on for five years was damaged this week while being hoisted into the position where it was supposed to be unveiled.

The big unveiling ceremony was scheduled for Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Wednesday, but visitors and the media were shocked to be told that the artwork had been taken back to the workshop.

Ntuli said he hoped that it would take about two months to fix the 18 ton, 4.3m-tall monument to honour Madiba.

"Madiba: a Provocation to Reconciliation", was meant to stand tall at the larney shopping complex as part of an exhibition to honour the 100 Year Centenary celebrations of Mandela's birthday...Click to read more


Author:Boitumelo Kgobotlo

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