n Without Prejudice - Nelson Mandela - a remarkable man remembered : special feature

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


It is a chilly June evening in Braamfontein. Several hundred cyclists set off to glide through the streets of Fordsburg before coming to a halt at 75 Fox Street. Above them towers a six-metre iconic statue, the Shadow Boxer. Inspired by the legendary Bob Gosani photograph of Nelson Mandela sparring on a Johannesburg rooftop, the painted steel sculpture stands as tribute to the fight Madiba put up for the freedom of the nation. Created by artist Marco Cianfanelli, it is the second largest statue in Johannesburg. An interesting feature of the sculpture is that its unique lighting allows the sculpture to cast a shadow onto the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court building at night. Opposite is Chancellor House, the building that once housed Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo's law firm. It is a now national heritage site.

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