Mandela Capture Site

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To see this sculpture of Mandela, visit the Capture Site between Nottingham Road and Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2012, to mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela's arrest, a sculpture was erected in the landscape near Howick
in KwaZulu-Natal, where Mandela was captured in 1962. This site is now known as the Capture Site. The sculpture by artist, Marco Cianfanelli consists of 50 steel poles between 6 metres and 10 metres high. At a certain point, the 50 linear vertical steel columns line up, magically recreating an image of Nelson Mandela's face. As you walk closer towards and through the sculpture, the image dissolves back into the forest of 50 poles and eloquently becomes part of the surrounding landscape. As Cianfanelli observes, "The 50 columns represent the 50 years since Nelson Mandela's capture, but they also suggest the idea of the many making the whole: of solidarity. Mandela's incarceration cemented his status as an icon of the struggle, which in turn helped ferment the groundswell of resistance".
The Apartheid Museum, in partnership with the KZN provincial government, has created a museum at the Capture Site. This museum has been open to the public, since 2016.

Last updated : 27-Jul-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 24-May-2018