Nelson Mandela sculpture adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, South Africa.

On the 5th of August 1962, approximately 5 kilometers outside Howick, armed apartheid police flagged down a vehicle driven by Nelson Mandela, pretending to be a chauffeur.  He just returned from a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli to report on his African quest.  It was here where Nelson Mandela was finally captured which lead to his disappearance from the public eye for the next 27 years.

The impressive sculpture by artist Marco Cianfanelli consists of 50 steel poles between 8 and 10 meters tall, arranged in a pattern that allows the viewer a flat image of the face of Nelson Mandela facing West, when approached from the foot path leading down towards it, exactly 35 meters away.  From that position the laser-cut mild steel poles line up to create the illusion of a perfectly flat image.

The 50 steel columns represent the 50 years since his capture.  They also portray the idea of many making a whole.
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