Connecting people, ideas, and support from the crowd to make Leicester an even better place!
To create and erect a magnificent, warmly inviting, expressive and impressionable statue of Nelson Mandela in a part of Leicester supported by majority vote. A bronze statue bigger than life-size standing on a plinth donated by the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby. In front of the statue in a semi-circular fashion will be a 'peace garden' to create an atmosphere of tranquility and togetherness with seating dispersed accordingly. At one end will be a simplistic and gentle-running fountain with a giant game of “Connect 4”and at the other will be a giant game of “Dominos”. The fountain will symbolise stream of life – quiet moment from busy lives; the games “Connect 4” will be utilised mainly by children but suitable for adults too indicating how as human beings we are all interconnected; the Domino game will attract the male population especially from the African Heritage Community. Both games are intergenerational activities - involving both junior and senior members of the community.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Leicester City has historical links with Nelson Mandela through its tireless campaign to free him from imprisonment of nearly a quarter of a centenary in Robben Island, South Africa. Nelson Mandela believed in a "rainbow nation" where all races of people - starting with those in his native country - live in freedom - 'free from white & free from black domination' (Anti-Apartheid). His legacy embraces people of all colours & culture. The statue would be a focal point for the rich & diverse people of all colours, cultures & multi-faith of Leicester for inspiration to live in peaceful harmony, share & enjoy each others' wealth of knowledge, activities, events & what it means to be human. The Nelson Mandela statue will be warmly inviting, expressive & impressionable & the intended 'peace garden' to create an atmosphere of tranquility and togetherness for those who visit. An environmentally friendly attraction to be seen as a repeatedly 'must visit' place by people of Leicester and beyond.
Steps to get it done:
The statue will be a perpetual reminder of our need for community cohesion, respect for freedom & dignity of human life. Noteworthy that Leicester City Councils slogan "working for equality" & in its "Anti-Apartheid Declaration" in 1980'sdescribed apartheid system as a 'suppression of human dignity, & a threat to world peace'; Tiger Rugby team was one of the first sporting team in the UK to recognise & support anti-apartheid action by boycotting sporting exchange with South Africa in 1980's. So we (people of Leicester) helped to dismantle the evil system that kept human beings apart & subjugated another. When he was freed in 1990', Nelson Mandela visited the City & the Tiger to say "Thank You". Today, The Nelson Mandela Community Programme (TNMCP) C.I.C. based in Leicester recognised the sacrifices Nelson Mandela made for human freedom, dignity & peaceful coexistence & wishing to emulate his call & have our own 'rainbow city', we celebrated the Centenary of his Birth in July 2018.
About the space
Nelson Mandela statue location will be the people's choice. The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby has offered a plinth and has given the people of Leicester the choice to decide the location in Leicester.
Leicester City Council
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