In honour of Nelson Mandela, a giant tapestry has just been unveiled at Cape Town International Airport to mark International Human Rights Day.
“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.
Entitled ‘Flying Madiba’ the tapestry was designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France.
Measuring approximately 6 x 3 metres, it’s on display in the ‘meeters and greeters’ area of the international arrivals hall of the airport, and was backed and funded by Amnesty International artist supporters Bono & The Edge of U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting & Yoko Ono.
Nelson Mandela received Amnesty International’s most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006.
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.
Cape Town International Airport is the gateway to the beautiful Mother City, South Africa’s 2nd largest and Africa’s 3rd largest airport. The artwork is a partnership between Art for Amnesty and the Cape Town International Airport.