Freddy Sam was recently invited to paint a 40 Meter tall Nelson Mandela mural in the east city of Johannesburg commissioned by the Maboneng precinct as a gift to the city in memory of this giant of a man. The mural is inspired by Madiba’s definition of ‘Ubuntu’ which is: ‘You cannot be human all by yourself’.
The artist chose to paint the iconic image of him boxing as he believed all were equal in the ring. Also this wall is not to far from the rooftop where this image was taken.
The mural took him 4 days to complete in 2013 just after Madiba’s passing. Freddy Sam almost completed it on the day of his funeral,with only a few touch ups to do the storms and winds came down and the window washer broke and so completion was delayed to 2014.
Take a look at more detailed images by Bheki Dube after the jump and then check back with us soon for more updates from South Africa.