Cape Town makes it official: Tutu’s a towering figure‚ just like Madiba

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Cape Town makes it official: Tutu’s a towering figure‚ just like Madiba

Dave Chambers | 2017-03-17 13:22:58.0

Mandela was joined by half of Desmond Tutu on the side of the Civic Centre on Friday.

Image by: Credit Ruvan Boshoff

For years‚ people arriving in Cape Town from the east have been greeted by a giant portrait of Nelson Mandela on the side of the Civic Centre.

On Friday‚ Mandela was joined by half of Desmond Tutu‚ as workmen dangling from ropes installed a tribute to the Archbishop Emeritus.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said work would be complete by Human Rights Day on Tuesday. “It is our hope that it will be a daily reminder of the sacrifices which have been made for our freedom. May it also encourage us to claim our rights with conviction‚ and give us the courage to give life to the values enshrined in our Constitution.”

Linsey Levendall‚ the artist who created both portraits‚ said the Tutu portrait would include stained glass referencing St George’s Cathedral‚ the smiling face of Tutu’s wife Leah‚ a rainbow referencing the “rainbow nation” term coined by Tutu‚ a baobab tree referring to the work of his foundation‚ a laughing child‚ an Aids ribbon and joined hands representing ubuntu.

Said De Lille: “In 2015‚ we took the decision to honour the lives of the Arch and Mama Leah in their lifetime. This is a small token of appreciation for all the work that they have done to build a better South Africa‚ as a son and daughter of our soil.

“Now everyone who enters our CBD will be greeted with the smiling faces of Tata Madiba and our beloved Arch. We should all try to continue the journey which they started for us so that we can build the kind of city which they can be proud of.”



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