Howick - KZN

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

About This Project

Crafted by the skilled hands of South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, the monument pays homage to Nelson Mandela—an iconic figure in the relentless pursuit of human rights, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the inaugural black president of South Africa. Conceived in honour of the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s pivotal arrest in 1962, this poignant masterpiece now graces the town of Howick, South Africa. With a profound blend of artistry and historical significance, Cianfanelli’s creation stands as a timeless testament to Mandela’s enduring impact.

Precision & Craftsmanship

With pride, JP Engineering has played a pivotal role in this remarkable project, serving as the esteemed laser cutting partner. The structure comprises 50 steel columns, ranging in height from 6.5 to 9.5 meters, strategically affixed to a concrete pad. Together, these columns intricately shape the profile of Nelson Mandela, revealing his face only from a specific angle. Symbolically significant, the quantity of steel elements aligns with the anniversary date, while the face, composed of vertical stripes, poignantly evokes the 27 years Mandela endured in prison. In our collaboration, humility and expertise converge to contribute to a project that transcends craftsmanship, embodying historical resonance and artistic ingenuity.

The Final Product

The intentional disunity inherent in the sculptural portrait underscores a profound concept: that the entirety emerges from its constituent parts. This deliberate fragmentation serves as a metaphor for the transformative power of solidarity and unity among people, catalyzing monumental changes. With a calm assurance rooted in knowledge, we acknowledge the subtlety of this artistic statement, humbly recognizing the potential for significant impact when individuals come together in harmony. This insight informs our appreciation of the intricate interplay between elements, embodying the potential for collective strength to effect enduring positive transformations.