SA Design Commemorating Mandela
Posted: 06 December 2013
THE CAPTURE SITE Central to The Capture Site on the R103 in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands – where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1963 – is a sculptural installation by Johannesburg artist Marco Cianfanelli. When viewed from a distance, the 50 painted laser-cut steel columns form the image of Madiba’s face. Click on the image below for more on The Capture Site. ROUTE 67 PUBLIC-ART PROJECT The Route 67 public-art project in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) is a visual journey celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of dedication to South Africa’s freedom – its point of culmination is Donkin Hill, atop of which stands a life-size laser-cut steel figure of Madiba, part of a work titled ‘Voting Line’ by Anthony Harris and Conrad Geel. Click on the image below for more on the Route 67 public-art project. LILLIESLEAF FARM The site that marks the beginning of the ANC’s armed struggle against apartheid, Lilliesleaf Farm, in Rivonia, Johannesburg, was the HQ of Umkhonto we Sizwe until Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1963. In the hands of Mashabane Rose Architects, the farm’s historical buildings underwent a significant restoration while two modern structures were designed by the firm to emphasise the narrative of liberation. Click on the image below for more on Lilliesleaf Farm. TSHWANE’S FREEDOM PARK A site that signifies heritage, healing and hope, the museum at Tshwanes’s Freedom Park, of which Nelson Mandela was chief patron, combines landscape and dramatic contemporary architecture to profound effect. A joint venture between Mashabane Rose Architects, Gapp Architects and Urban Designers, and MMA Architects, Freedom Park is a place of memory and reconciliation. Click on the image below for more on Tshwane’s Freedom Park. NELSON MANDELA BRIDGE A landmark structure in Johannesburg, the striking Nelson Mandela Bridge was built in 2003, signifying the beginning of the revival of Johannesburg’s inner city and serving not only to connect the Newtown precinct with Braamfontein, but as a symbol of Madiba’s role in bridging the divide between South Africans. Click on the image below for more on Nelson Mandela Bridge.