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December 2013 l Madiba Artwork
Ronél assists Usha Seejarim with the Nelson Mandela Funeral Artwork
As we chased around town to find the last 500 murky coloured African prayer beads, a team of 8 are back at Usha Seejarim’s studio preparing 180 stings of 2 metres long. The 2m x 2m work was completed within 4 long days in July earlier this year. We were told that the work needed to be completed urgently as it was commissioned by an “important corporate” for Mandela Day and suspiciously around the same time when Mandela’s health was “critical but stable”.
Attention to detail was imperative, as one wrong sized bead could through the whole picture out of place. It was a spirited time as the African radio stations entertained us while beading the intricate work. But only when we assembled all the beaded strings next to each other, could we embrace the outcome of Madiba’s generous smile. Even though I didn’t know the significant importance of this work back then, I can proudly say that I’m part of Madiba’s legacy of bringing South Africans together.
A press release with full details to be published soon.
Image: View of the Mandela Artwork installed on the stage of Nelson Mandela's Funeral