Photographer's Note

A recent stop-over in Johannesburg afforded us the opportunity to make a quick visit to Nelson Mandela Square to see the giant sculpture of this giant of a man. It seems appropriate to share this with fellow TE’ers at this time.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela

In April 2004 Johannesburg’s Sandton Square was renamed the Nelson Mandela Square in celebration of 10 years of democracy in South Africa - by unveiling the world's first public statue of the man who led his country across the apartheid divide.
• The statue of Nelson Mandela is six metres tall (higher than 5.9m of the world's tallest recorded giraffe).
• It weighs 2.5 tons (the weight of an adult African white rhino).
• It measures 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow (the maximum wing span of the African fish eagle), and has a shoulder width of 1.7m (almost the width of a luxury sedan).
• The statue's shoes measure virtually one metre in length - a boot size very few could fill
• The statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane.
• Commissioned in July 2002, the statue was completed in February 2004, and moved to the Square in the middle of the night to be installed ahead of the unveiling.

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