New Mandela memorial tapestry welcomes passengers to Cape Town!

imageCelebrating International Human Rights Day, a giant tapestry in honor of the late Nelson Mandela was unveiled at Cape Town International by Mayor Patricia de Lille today.

News about the Flying Madiba’ tapestry was released earlier this year by Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde.  The artwork is a joint project between Art for Amnesty (Amnesty International) and Cape Town International, and was designed by Czech artist Peter Sis, and woven by Atelier Pinton in France. It has been hung in the International Arrivals Hall, measuring 6 meters by 3 meters.

The creation of the Madiba tapestry was funded by music stars Bono & The Edge of U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Yoko Ono.  Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey said about the new Tapestry: ‘This tapestry is a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights across the world. It will provide a constant reminder to the millions of people passing through the Cape Town International airport about his legacy, not only for South Africa but for the world’.  ‘Madiba sacrificed his own freedom to see a better world for everyone. With this tapestry, we are honouring his sacrifices and hoping that he will be remembered forever‘, added Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Southern Africa.

Mr Mandela received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International nine years ago.

 Source: Amnesty International  Photograph from Hans Villiers Facebook page.

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