Art celebrates an icon

2010-07-17 00:00

THE arts are a means by which we all join in celebration. As an artist, one strives to capture the essence and beauty of life, and one also reflects on icons and symbols of one’s times to pay tribute to and celebrate.

Through the arts we get to celebrate and immortalise those amazing people whose inspiration has allowed us all to share in one vision, one mission — to speak in one clear voice — as a unified humanity.

Mandela: Vision of Freedom! is my tribute and celebration of arguably the world’s greatest symbol of human passion, struggle, resilience and dedication to the cause of freedom — Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.

This artwork seeks to unite all these experiences into one symbol that highlights the liberty, stand and aura of Mandela.

To have lived in Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela’s times is a gift, and to have been touched by the magical flame of his spirit a blessing indeed. To have been born into a country where the origins of his struggle are to be traced — and found — is an honour worth celebrating and sharing. This artwork is my song and dance to Rholihlahla.

• Musa E. Zulu is an artist, motivational speaker, author and creative director of Valhalla Arts and can be reached at www.valhallaarts.co.za

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