Mandela Capture Site
Mandela Capture Site, R103, Howick, 3290, South Africa
Freedom and Focus: The Nelson Mandela Capture SiteYou may have seen photos of Marco Cianfanelli's sculpture "Release" before, but nothing can prepare you for the interactive experience of visiting the sculpture in real life. First, a walk through the on-site museum. Tall printed panels discussing the events leading up to Mandela's capture and subsequent imprisonment on Robben Island are displayed in a way which creates a maze-like experience for visitors. After the museum, walk down the 'Long Walk to Freedom' pathway to the sculpture. The grass lining the pathway builds into higher mounds as you inch closer, muffling the sound of nearby passing cars and birds almost completely. Then, you reach the marker for the exact point from which you can view Mandela's silhouette. The 50 black steel columns shooting towards the sky each represent one year since Nelson Mandela was captured on August 5th, 1962. When viewed as individual beams from any other angle, the sculpture doesn't quite make sense. Collectively, from the right place and timing, it all comes into focus. Thought-provoking, indeed. Entrance is free, though donations are encouraged.