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Mandela statue unveiled in Parliament Square, London.


A towering
R6m ($800K) statue of South Africa’s much adored ex-president was revealed yesterday in Parliament Square in London.

The cause was promoted by Lord Attenborough, who was responsible for he 1987 film cry freedom, and it has taken 7 years to find a place for the statue.

Parliament square is home to some notable figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Jan Smuts, so I am sure they will have much to discuss.

Personally I feel the 9ft statue is a bit lifeless and is postured in a way that suggests you are about to be strangled, also it seems too difficult to capture the loudness of Madiba’s signature shirts in bronze. Sadly the sculptor Ian Walters passed away last year.