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Johannesburg (AFP) - The South African government has ordered the removal of a rabbit that was secretly sculpted into a recently unveiled statue of Nelson Mandela, an official said Wednesday.
The artists who built the nine metre (30-foot), bronze colossus in Pretoria, added a rabbit into the ear of the statue, without clearance from government.
"We want to restore the integrity of the sculpture as soon as possible," Mogomotsi Mogodiri, spokesman for the ministry of arts and culture told AFP.
Prinsloo and van Vuuren then told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper that they'd inserted a tiny rabbit in the ear as a "small trademark" after authorities refused to let them engrave their names on the statue's trousers. They said they chose the rabbit because of the haste with which they had to complete the statue. The word for rabbit in Afrikaans is haas, which also translates to "haste."
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"We want to restore the integrity of the sculpture as soon as possible,"
This is not about restoring integrity but rather spoiling the integrity of the original. How is it restoring when it wasn't Defiled but rather created this way?
If it was good enough to erect then it's good enough to stand as original IMO. Just someone not appreciating the artist's vision.
- from The Mandela Effect site - Strikeforce: Morituri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
QUOTE from link in Dec. ’09:
“In an issue of Strikeforce: Morituri, there’s a statue which reveals Nelson Mandela died in 1989. Creators Writers. Peter B. Gillis – Strikeforce: Morituri #1-20 (December 1986-July …”