Mandela statue: City Hall

By Lesley on 31 March 2020

Mandela statue: City Hall

Statue of Mr Mandela, City Hall

Unveiled on July 24, 2018, this bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, installed in exactly the same spot where he made his speech to the gathering crowds on the Grand Parade (February 11, 1990)

The tender for the statue was awarded to Koketso Growth (headed up by Dali Thambo), who in turn commissioned the two artists, Barry Jackson and Xhanti Mpakama.

Mr Mandela elected to speak to the crowds on the lower balcony so the he could be closer to his people

The Bronze statue stands at 1.95m and weighs 120kg. Originally Jackson and Mpakama prepared a maquette, and after receiving approval, the final model was 3D printed in foam, and finally the statue was cast in bronze. Attention to detail was key, artists gave the appearance of his grey suit, polka dot tie and used the same text featured in braiile.

On February 11, 1990, Mr Mandela left his reading glasses in the vehicle and borrowed Winnie Mandela's to read his speech.

Jackson and Mpakama placed Winnie Mandela's glasses in his hand to tribute historical accuracy to what happened on that day
Today you walk up the few steps at the City Hall and get a perspective as to how close Mr Mandela was to the crowds on the Grand Parade
Taken from the archives, Mr Mandela reading his speech, February 11, 1990 (wearing Winnie Mandela's glasses)
July 24, 2018, the unveiling of the statue with Helen Zille, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Patricia DeLille and Alan Winde
To give you some perspective where Mr Mandela stood at the City Hall

Artists Barry Jackson and Xhanti Mpakama have collaborated on numerous bronze statues which can be visited at The Long March to Freedom, Century City

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