Cape Town International Airport unveils giant Mandela memorial tapestry

A giant tapestry in honour of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the Cape Town International Airport, on 10 December 2015 to mark International Human Rights Day, Amnesty International announced today.

The artwork is a partnership between Art for Amnesty and the Cape Town International Airport.

This tapestry is a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights across the world.
Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty’s founder

 

The tapestry, entitled ‘Flying Madiba’ - designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France - measures approximately 6 x 3 metres. It will be displayed in the 'meeters and greeters' area of the international arrivals hall of Cape Town International Airport.

 The tapestry has been generously backed and funded by Amnesty International artist supporters Bono & The Edge of U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting & Yoko Ono.

Madiba sacrificed his own freedom to see a better world for everyone. With this tapestry, we are honouring his sacrifice
Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa

 “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,” said Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty’s founder.

“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,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa.

Nelson Mandela received Amnesty International's most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006.

Cape Town International Airport unveils giant Mandela memorial tapestry Cape Town International Airport unveils giant Mandela memorial tapestry
Nelson Mandela received Amnesty International's most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006. © Jurgen Schadeberg (www.jurgenschadeberg.com)

“Cape Town International Airport is proud to host this symbolic tapestry in the gateway to Cape Town. It is entirely suitable to showcase the values of this extraordinary man with a fine work of art in the city he loved,” said Deidre Davids, Manager for Communications and Brand, Cape Town International Airport.

“The tapestry will take pride of place in our International Arrivals Hall. It will be the final piece of a broader ambience programme in that area which already has various elements creating a sense of place.” said Deidre Davids.

Background

Cape Town International Airport is the gateway to the beautiful Mother City. It is Airports Company of South Africa’s 2nd largest and Africa’s 3rd largest airport. It is also Africa’s premier tourist and VIP destination and has established a reputation as Africa’s international award-winning airport, consistently performing among the best in the world for service in its category.

Art for Amnesty is Amnesty International's global artist engagement programme bringing together artists of all disciplines, their management and supporters in a collaborative effort to support and promote the cause of human rights. 

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.