Tutu’s life now works of art

2015-08-27 06:00

A series of bright artworks featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu were unveiled at Cape Town’s City Hall just as the national icon was readmitted to hospital for a third time in recent months.

This morning, his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu told journalists that his hospital stay last night was “cautionary and not a crisis”.

She said he was readmitted for an inflammation – not related to his prostate cancer, neither to a previous infection which caused his last two admissions to hospital.

Giant canvasses with pop art interpretations of some private moments from the 83-year-old cleric’s life were displayed in corridors at the Cape Town City Hall during a star-studded function – but were removed again.

The artworks will also be exhibited in New York and Rotterdam after being officially launched in Cape Town later this year.

They include a picture of the Arch praying in his chapel at home, another where he is joined at the chapel by his wife Leah, and one with newly elected president Nelson Mandela in 1994.

Cape Town based pop artist Richard Scott created the paintings based on photographs by award-winning photojournalist Benny Gool.

Proceeds from sales of the work will be split between the artists and the Desmond andamp; Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

It is unclear when Tutu will return home

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