nelson mandela monument by marco cianfanelli
nelson mandela monument by marco cianfanelli nelson mandela monument by marco cianfanelli
sep 20, 2012

nelson mandela monument by marco cianfanelli

a national monument marks nelson mandela’s capture site in natal midlands by marco cianfanelli, 2012image courtesy marco cianfanelli via jonathan burton




south african artist marco cianfanelli has constructed a monument to recognize the 50 year anniversary of peace activist and politician nelson mandela’s capture by the apartheid police in 1962. mandela’s profile spans 50 steel columns measuring 21.32 and 29.52 feet (6.5 and 9 meters) high, each anchored to the concrete-covered ground. the shape and form of the sculpture are representative of the leader’s 27 years behind bars for his efforts to bring equal rights and governmental representation to the once racially divided nation. the statue of the nobel prize winner has been erected in howick, a town located 56 miles (90 kilometers) south from the city of durban in the countryside of the southernmost african country.



the work, as seen from a distance image via visual news




cianfanelli says of his work ‘this represents the momentum gained in the struggle through the symbolic of mandela’s capture. the 50 columns represent the 50 years since his capture, but they also suggest the idea of many making the whole; of solidarity. it points to an irony as the political act of mandela’s incarceration cemented his status as an icon of struggle, which helped ferment the groundswell of resistance, solidarity and uprising, bringing about political change and democracy.‘



image courtesy marco cianfanelli via jonathan burton



image courtesy marco cianfanelli via jonathan burton



a perspective picturing the side of the installation image via visual news



left: the raw metal components laid out after cutting, before painting and installment right: building of the artwork images via visual news



a detailed perspective of the uneven edges of one of the piece’s 50 columns



image courtesy marco cianfanelli via jonathan burton



alternate perspective of the monument image by brendan copestake

  • Brilliant!!

    Dieter R. says:
  • genial

    dumdumlab says:
  • Nelson Mandela’s legacy is being destroyed by his own people. Pity!

    RK says:
  • one word:


    dbkii says:
  • so brilliant, so inteligent!

    kml says:
  • Is it 50 columns or 27?

    matthew g says:
  • Looks more like Kofi Anan lol!! It is really nice, though I think I have seen this done b4 so its not completely original is it?

    Eddz says:
  • really fascinating!

    Aylin Sener says:
  • Re RK’s comment: This significant fantastical art work which is almost original(!), and the wind whispering throuhg it, must be recorded soon for posterity because it will, as sure as the sun shines in that beautiful lost country, be cut down by his people, and sold as scrap metal.

    wwwillem says:
  • Speaking as a metal sculptor and art lover: brilliant!

    magnotta says:
  • Designboom, please show us more work by this sculptor Marco Cianfanelli

    WWWillem says:
  • Anyone new exactly where this is located, GPS coordinates would be awesome; I am going to go try hunt this down tomorrow

    Gary Hope says:
  • Another one! and the people are striking and starving……….

    Betty says:
  • Simply FANTASTIC

    B Jayaprakash (India) says:
  • El momumento mas hermoso y con sentido, con historia jamas antes hecho.FABULOSO.

    Leon Garoqui says:
  • Absolutely fabulous creative art for a great person!
    We’d like to use the same technique for an art project in Canada. How do I contact the artist?

    Volker Beckmann says:
  • Wow, it still stands and has not gone to the scrap metal dealers yet…

    C Smith says:
  • Can you show us how Marco Cianfanelli design the Mandela sculpture? This so amazing, lost for words to describe it. Mind boggling ……..

    Thank you for doing justice to an Icon.

    Belinda says:
  • A great honeur for a great men.

    Bert Stokwielder says:
  • An outstanding piece of art dedicated to a GREAT man

    Ia Delenikas says:
  • RIP

    Hobo de Bono says:
  • Awesome art to remember a great man!

    Lynne Morrison says:
  • Stunning. A fitting tribute to a well-tempered man.

    Paul Slattery says:
  • That’s amazing

    Elizabeth Johnson says:
  • Extraordinarily ingenious and fitting tribute

    Don Hushion says:

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