A Shortish Walk to Lots of Spikes


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Something we have flitted past at speed on numerous occasions is the display near the Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Lions River.  We had seen the actual site, and the commemorative plaque, several times a week when we lived in the area – two amazing years from which my diary will form the basis of a book as soon as we are happy we won’t be sued for relating some of the doings and … whatnot … of the hilariously picturesque locals.

Lore from some of said locals has it that Nelson was incarcerated overnight in the cell forming part of The Old Police Camp we lived in during that period – Long Walk to Freedom and other accounts of the event make no mention of the fact, but the anecdotes were emphatic, so who knows?

However, the sculpture and stuff are relatively new developments.  Seeing them in passing has not, hitherto, tempted us.  I wondered what a mammoth set of spikes was in aid of, but in a vague sort of way.

This time we came, we saw, and we wandered.  They are building some sort of shopping-mall-sized construction as a centre for seminars and stuff, which one hopes will be impressive when completed but at the moment makes it all look a bit messy.  However, the actual displays and posters inside the existing hall are worth seeing, and there is a restaurant with pool and jungle gym at the far end.  Hordes were at the monument and display area, but surprisingly few at the restaurant, which was their loss because the food and wines were very good and the prices minimal.

After lunching we strolled past the construction site and found ourselves on a long straight path leading back towards the road between Midmar Dam and Lions River.  Other tourists blocked our views a lot, but I faithfully took a picture of the spikes from one side, with the plaque (over the road) visible on the right-hand side,

 Monument Mandela from side

and then of Much Better Half taking a picture of the actual monument from the base of them.

Mandela SculptureEventually the hordes went away, and I took another picture back at the spikes –which from the right angle and distance give an amazingly impressive profile.  There is, of course, a great deal written about this attraction, but I hadn’t come across it so the sight came as a wonderful surprise.

Mandela sculpture showing face

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32 Responses to A Shortish Walk to Lots of Spikes

  1. cupitonians says:

    OMG. That is amazing!

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  2. nrhatch says:

    Love it! Thanks for the share.

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  3. bulldog says:

    I have seen so many photos of this and now to see yours tells me how much more impressive it actually is… a well thought out design… beautiful…

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  4. scrapydotwo says:

    Awesome the real end result

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  5. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    I tried to use the comments box but for some reason it will not work,so here is my comment…..

    I read the words and looked at the first two photos and wondered to myself ‘ what on earth is this man on about, lots of sticks stuck in the ground was not at all interesting….and then I saw the final photo and WOW! is the fantastic!!! what clever and talented people they must be to have made such a masterpiece…..thank you for sharing this with us

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    • colonialist says:

      When one sees the name of the creator of this art – Marco Cianfanelli – one might think he was commissioned from Italy or Europe – but he is South African born and educated.

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  6. the mind that created that sculpture is amazing, and the effect is stunning.

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  7. wow, what a difference the angle of photography makes!

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  8. I hadn’t see this. The spikes’ lines and textures are striking enough, but then you walk and see the image. Really a surprise. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Grannymar says:

    I am a fan of sculpture and really like this piece!

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  10. It looked stunning with some good photos but the last one totally blew me away. Very impressive Col.

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  11. cobbies69 says:

    That is one very clever and special monument, if it can be called that..

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  12. Wow! That’s quite some sculpture, Col. I haven’t seen it before. 🙂

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