Three of the 11 prototype Madiba Memorial sculptures created by renowned South African sculptor Anton Momberg, are on exhibit in Riebeek Kasteel, at the RK Contemporary art gallery during the Collective 2018 exhibition.
From the 4th of March until the 3rd of April, the small Western Cape Town will host a line up of 10 artists. The list includes Anthony Harris, Anton Momberg, Bretten-Ann Moolman, Donve Branch, Lydia Holmes, Estelle Marais, Greg Kerr, Jaco Benade, Lookout Sibanda and Brunn Kramer.
Momberg was selected by the Department of Human Settlement and the Eastern Cape Government to create statues for an art installation that will celebrate the life of Madiba. The complete development will be based in Qunu, Eastern Cape and will include a presidential library, schools, higher learning institutions and housing. Momberg’s statues will be the pride of development set in the heart of it all.
Affectionately named the ‘The Freedom Statues’, these sculptures represent South Africa’s 11 official languages. The series will include children dancing and playing and the completed pieces will measure 3.5 metres high, with each then standing on 40 metre high pillars. These will be linked with a separate sculpture of Mandela some distance away, looking up at these children.
Until the final sculptures are completed, the smaller prototypes will remain in an exhibition at RK Contemporary Gallery. Owner and curator of RK Contemporary, Astrid Mcleod, explained that in addition to Momberg’s Madiba memorial sculptures, visitors to the gallery to view the Collective 2018 exhibition will be treated to works by seven other renowned artists from Nelson Mandela Bay – artists with National and International profiles in fine art and ceramics – as well as two young emerging artists.