5 Great Monuments Honoring The Great Madiba

These monuments pay tribute to the heroic struggle of Nelson Mandela on Mandela Day.

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. 

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