The nine meters tall statue is the largest of the more than 24 statues created around the world for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who is South Africa’s first democratic president. This magnificent bronze piece of art is located in Pretoria, the Capital of South Africa, the exact spot where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated the first democratic elected president of the country in 1994.
At this very spot where Mandela’s stature stands today, there used to be another statue belonging Barry Hertzog, the ex-Prime Minister of South Africa from 1924 to 1939 which recently got removed.
This statue was created and unveiled in 2013, just a day after the burial of President Nelson Mandela in his home at Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Nelson Mandela’s open arms is a true reflection of the spirit of reconciliation for the South African Nation which once had a great divide amongst its four main racial groups.
He has widely opened his arms as a symbol of bestowing blessings and hope upon the people of the Rainbow Nation.
President Nelson Mandela is an international icon and his commitment in ensuring justice for the oppressed, commitment to peace, negotiation and reconciliation led him to suffer in the hands of the oppressors by being imprisoned for 27 Years in Robben Island, South Africa.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was South Africa's first democratically elected president (1994-1999).
Not only was the President an anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader, he was also a philanthropist with an unconditional love for children. Nelson Mandela is a true epitome of forgiveness, peace and courage as reflected by our King ‘Jesus Christ’ in the Bible, who despite all kind of suffering men bestowed upon him, forgiveness, love and reconciliation is still his number one priority for all mankind.
This statue was sculptured by André Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren in 2013, Pretoria, South Africa.