Cape Town Has Created a Disastrous Memorial to Nelson Mandela

City Lab | Sam Sturgis:


It’s a giant pair of Ray-Bans. No, really.

Cape Town unveiled a new memorial for Nelson Mandela late last week, a welcomed gesture in a city still closely associated with South Africa’s Apartheid era. Sadly, the city’s canonization effort has left many disappointed. Mandela was a man of great substance; this latest memorial is anything but.

Cape Town unveiled this Wayfarer sculpture in honor of Mandela on November 6, 2014. (@LoveHeartsFood)

To honor the late South African president, local artist Michael Elion built a giant pair of stainless steel Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses…


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