Remembering Madiba’s shirt.

Remembering Madiba’s shirt.

It is common for people to hold onto items of clothing of loved ones who have passed. In Port Elizabeth, art students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have taken this a step further by creating and erecting their own version of that special piece of clothing that will be a permanent reminder of our beloved Nelson Mandela. Their sculpture is called “The Madiba Shirt” and is comfortably perched in the Beyers Naudé Garden of Contemplation at the university. The sculpture is intended to be a constant and inspirational reminder of the values of NMMU and Madiba. The Madiba Shirt is the first phase of a public art project at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The metal frame of the Madiba Shirt has an intricate wirework that suspends individually made ceramic tiles. Letters on the the tiles spell words: ubuntu, unity, diversity, integrity, excellence. Shirt dimensions:- 3m height, 2.2m width and 1.4m depth.

A large shirt for a large man.

The sculpture was conceived by artists Mary Duker and Bianca Whitehead of the Art department of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with the support from NMMU Arts and Culture.  Jonathan van der Walt managed the design, production and installation of the aluminium wire element of the project. The frame was constructed by Roland Luders and his team at R & R Aesthetics, Bianca Whitehead and the ceramic students made and installed the ceramics, The Wire Team consisted of Amos Ragophala, Michelle D’Urbano, Isso Jafta, Sarel Venter and Jonathan van der Walt.  The sculpture was unveiled in October 2015.      Info taken from:-https://www.facebook.com/jonathanvdwaltartist/

The Madiba Shirt Story:-

The Madiba Shirt was a creation for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. In 1994, the designer Desre Buirski gave a gift of a hand-printed batik shirt to Nelson Mandela’s body guard, with a note saying “Thank you for everything you have done and the sacrifices you have made for our beloved country”. Mr. Mandela wore the shirt the next day to the dress rehearsal for the opening of Parliament and was photographed on the front page of a local newspaper. Desre Buirski subsequently designed many printed, embroidered and over 150 hand-painted silk shirts for South Africa’s beloved Madiba, which he wore on the world stage, becoming a global style as well as political icon. The style of ‘The Madiba Shirt’ evolved as Mr. Mandela requested various shirts throughout his time as President.

Taken from:http://www.presidential.co.za/brands/presidential-shirt/madiba-shirt-story.html

a close up of the ceramic tiles

A close up of the ceramic tiles

The base of the madiba shirt sculpture

The base of The Madiba Shirt sculpture

Madiba Shirt at nmmu

Madiba Shirt at NMMU

back view of madiba shirt sculpture

Back view of Madiba Shirt sculpture

the madiba shirt sculpture aptly expresses the stature of mandela

The Madiba Shirt sculpture aptly expresses the stature of Mandela

 

 

 

 

Jonathan van der Walt and team

Jonathan van der Walt and team

Regular sightings of endangered African Black Oystercatcher, Port Elizabeth.

Regular sightings of endangered African Black Oystercatcher, Port Elizabeth.

oystercatchers along the rocky shore, port elizabeth

Oystercatchers along the rocky shore, Port Elizabeth

The African black oystercatcher is resident to the mainland coasts and offshore islands of southern Africa sometimes occurring as a vagrant in Angola and Mozambique. These pretty black birds are often seen wading and feeding on the rocks very near to Bird Rock, Port Elizabeth. They are large and noisy waders with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. The near-threatened oystercatcher has a population of over 6000 adults, which breed between November and April. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females are larger and have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles have soft grey plumage and do not express the characteristic red legs and beak until after they fledged. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Eurasian oystercatchers. Its breeding range extends from Lüderitz, Namibia to Mazeppa Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Typically sedentary African oystercatchers rarely leave their territories, which include a nesting site and feeding grounds. These will usually be located on or near rocky shores where they can feed. The lifespan of an African oystercatcher is about 35 years, of which they are known to pair up for 25 years. Most mainland egg and chick fatalities are due to disturbance by people, off-road vehicles, dog attacks and predation by the kelp gull and other avian predators. Off shore pairs experience similar avian predation although most chicks perish due to starvation. African oystercatchers predominantly feed on molluscs such as mussels and limpets, although are known to also feed on polychaetes, insects and even fish. They are adapted to pry open mussels and loosen limpets off the rocks but have been recorded picking through sand to locate other food items.

Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_oystercatcher

variety of coastal birds, port elizabeth

Variety of coastal birds, Port Elizabeth

sightings of the oystercatcher along the humpback trail, p.e.

Sightings of the oystercatcher along the Humpback Trail, P.E.

A treat to spot an african oystercatcher in flight

A treat to spot an African oystercatcher in flight

african black oystercatchers, port elizabeth

African Black Oystercatchers, Port Elizabeth

Stark contrast in colour, the black against the red bills and legs of the oystercatcher

Stark contrast in colour, the black against the red bills and legs of the oystercatcher

Accommodation available for IronMan Triathlon, Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation available for IronMan Triathlon, Port Elizabeth.

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We still have 2 self cater, en suite rooms available for the Standard Bank IronMan African Championship South Africa, to be held in Port Elizabeth on 29th March 2015.

Mention the date and time of this tweet on your e-mail to us : info@dempseys.co.za and we will give you a 10% discount when you book for three nights: 25th – 29th March 2015. (fully booked 30th March)

Minimum 3 night stay required. We are located in the suburb of Walmer, approximately 9kms from the start/finish line of IronMan which is in the suburb or Summerstrand.

Posted on 12th March 2015 at 19h00

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shark rock pier in the distance, starting point of ironman 2014

Shark Rock Pier in the distance, starting point of IronMan 2015

ironman 2015: 42.2km run

IronMan 2015: 42.2km run

ironman 2015: 180.2km bike

IronMan 2015: 180.2km bike

ironman 2015: 3.8km swim

IronMan 2015: 3.8km swim

ironman 2015 nelson mandela bay

IronMan 2015 Nelson Mandela Bay