Today, the world commemorates Mandela Day on the 96th birthday of the great anti-apartheid hero, Nelson Mandela. This birthday marks the first after Madiba passed away.
Mandela was a true hero for the anti-apartheid movement and his struggle against oppression is something which will never be forgotten. The world remembers his undying spirit and dedication and Mandela stands as an inspiration and a hero for all the future generations.
Here are some monuments that celebrate the true spirit of Mandela:
1. Release Monument:
This incredibly creative iron sculpture called “Release” was made by the artist Marco Cianfanelli in Howick, Kwa Zulu-Natal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s imprisonment on August 4, 2012. Nelson Mandela was jailed in 1962 for 27 years.
2. 9-Foot Bronze Statue:
Sculptor Ian Walters designed this 9-foot-tall bronze statue to face the Houses of Parliament in London, England. This statue is a well known representation of Mandela giving a speech and was unveiled by Mandela himself on Aug. 29, 2007.
3. Mountain Monument:
This monument in Cape Town is perhaps the most creative Mandela monument up to date. This was the brainchild of Raman Knoestor of WHIM Architecture, who collected funds to erect a 30-meter- (98.5-foot-) wide and 60-meter- (197-foot-) high monument of great Madiba’s head.
4. Freedom Mural:
A Mandela monument also exists in China where Shanghai street artist Phil Akashi dedicated a mural to Mandela by embedding characters “自由” that denote “freedom” to a boxing glove and creating a portrait with 27,000 punches.
5. Nelson Mandela Square:
Standton Square, Johannesburg was renamed to Nelson Mandela Square after this 6-meter tall statue was erected to honor the former president’s services on March 31, 2004.