The statue of Nelson Mandela, a man who tirelessly fought for the peaceful coexistence of both black and white people in South Africa, stands 30-feet tall glowing with nobility and pride.
This is one of the monuments in the country that enchants tourists coming around.
Made of bronze, it was sculpted by Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren.
The two were said to have made fun of Mandela, sculpting a bunny in both eyes of the statue.
But that wasn’t the entire story. The sculptors had done that as a way of leaving a symbol of their creation because the government had denied their request to engrave their signatures onto the sculpture’s pant.
The funny thing was, no one ever knew until after a long time. It’s 30-feet tall 🙂
But the government claimed not to recall that Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren made such a request.
The government found it disrespectful but the people liked it. It’s a bit of fun in a sad world, they say.
I love bunnies, but to think of it, why a bunny?
The artists cleverly sculpted a rabbit rather than any other cute animal because in Afrikaans “rabbit” means “haste”. This is because they had to hasten up to complete the statue after Nelson Mandela’s death.
The iconic work of art was unveiled eleven days after.
Andre Prinsloo once said:
“You need a long lens or binoculars to see it.”
The government later planned to remove the cute bunnies without hurting the ex-president, and to allow the sculptors put their signatures in a discreet location on the statue.
So, where could that be?
You might wanna find out 🙂
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.