Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations continue at Sandton City

The iMadiba Project is a global interactive art project creating conversations for change through the creation of art installations.

The iMadiba Installation Project was launched at Mandela Square in Sandton on 19 July 2018. Picture: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The iMadiba Installation was launched on Thursday at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Joining the bronze statue of Nelson Mandela overlooking The Square, the Bench will become a new feature at the square.

The installation is a global interactive art project aimed at creating conversations for change through art installations.

The bench is based on the actual dimensions of the Robben Island cell where the Mandela spent most of his 27 years of incarceration.

Photographer and artist Erhardt Thiel, who designed the statues, said, “I call it the iMadiba Project because it is a work in progress… turning the world’s smallest museum into the world’s largest museum. It’s based on Madiba’s Robben Island cell.”

The Nelson Mandela Square has also commissioned a 100 Logo installation, in the spirit of the “love” installation in New York City, complete with mirrors to symbolise reflection.