In 1962, on 5 August, an otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, approximately three kilometers outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur. Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle. It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured, and proceeded to disappear from pubic view for the following 27 years.
Marking the 50-year anniversary of what began Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ – and the piece of land that, quite randomly, irrevocably altered the history of South Africa – is a quietly powerful new sculpture, set into the environment of this silently potent space. Made possible by the Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) the uMngeni Municipality, the Apartheid Museum and the KwaZulu Natal Heritage Council (AMAFA) in association with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, this historic memorial site was inaugurated and unveiled on the 4th of August 2012 by President Jacob Zuma.
The sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli, significantly comprises 50 steel column constructions – each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall – set into the Midlands landscape. The approach to the site, which has been designed by Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Architects, leads one down a path towards the sculpture where, at a distance of 35 meters, a portrait of Nelson Mandela, looking west, comes into focus, the 50 linear vertical units lining up to create the illusion of a flat image.
Cianfanelli’s perceptive rendering of this meditative image of the international icon – a portrait achieved from interpreting composites of several portraits of Mandela sourced off the Internet, and a film grab – is appropriately monumental, yet fittingly transient and delicate. From its main focal point, the sculpture reads as a familiar photographic image, structurally suggestive of his incarceration, while from a side view, the design and arrangement of the columns create a sense or moment of fracture and release. Cianfanelli comments on the deliberate structural paradox, that, “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”.
The sculpture, which eloquently both impacts and becomes part of the surrounding landscape, visually shifts throughout the day, with the sculpture itself being affected by the changing light and atmosphere behind and around it.
Cianfanelli has included an additional 5 smaller columns to create an axis from the main sculpture to the monument site across the road.
From the correct angle, the 50 steel columns depict his face.
Mooki commissioned Greg aka Tokyo Go-Go to create a new Menu for the Restaurant, the overall look needed to be clean, colorful, and fun. An array of characters were scattered throughout the menu, each relating in some way to a meal, side or option our the surroundings available at Mooki. The new venue with all its yummy treats can be seen here.
Greg Darroll is an Illustrator & Graphic Designer based in Durban, South Africa. He generally works with vector graphics, and clean, colourful, crazy illustrations that get people thinking, laughing or just immersed in detail. He is continually fascinated by anything and everything creative however characters, designer toys, 2D animation and T-shirt illustrations are just a few things that inspire him to create even more! The name “Tokyo-Go-Go” is a bit of a cryptic one. Firstly it resembles his love for all things Japanese, as well as his initial urge to pursue a career as a designer. The first “Go” represents how far he has come since he began his adventure. Drawing, thinking, creating, everyday. Developing immensely in the process. The second “Go” is all about what’s in store for him in the future. Which the Mooki Team see’s as very bright!
OhSoPlush is a collection of plush dolls produced by Durban, South Africa based creative, Lanel J.v Vuuren. Each member of this mad cast of soft plush characters is painstakingly produced from various materials, hand stitched & lovingly stuffed to create funny and endearing little personalities. Each once-off character is a unique creation with it’s own style and personality. These are only a few of these zany characters, however don’t be disappointed you can see lots more at OhSoPlush, where you can order one, or even have your own commissioned. The only word for them is Awesome!
Lanel Janse van Vuuren is a South African creative from Durban, South Africa. For the past five years she has been lecturing Photography and Visual Communication at the Vega School Of Brand Communications. She holds a BTech in Fine Art and is currently working towards her Masters at the Durban University of Technology. She has been involved with the photographic industry for nearly a decade, and her portfolio is comprised of work for fine art photographic exhibitions as well as commercial projects. Her specialties are Lecturing, Photography, and Character Design.
Well we are not averse to a bit of bragging when necessary so here is a short little piece on our little scrumptious Noodle Bar in the latest Vodacom Magazine. You can grab a copy from your nearest Vodacom store. We also have a little special in Glamour Magazine, and a mention in the KZN version of the Property Mag.
Rob Foote is an Illustrator from Cape Town, South Africa, who lived and worked in Japan for a number of years working for publishers AEON, Benesse and Pearson Longman. Besides being a full time illustrator, he is currently working on a graphic novel/illustrated journal which is currently traveling around the world on the Sketchbook tour. These are his brilliant animal/fruit sketches.
Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises awareness and funds for men’s health. You can visit the South African version of the Movember Website to donate, or download the iPhone app and donate on that too.
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