BE PART OF
Mandela Day at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum by being part of a
living artwork. We are inviting the
community of Nelson Mandela Bay to collaborate on a collectively made yarn
sculpture. All you need to participate
is come to the museum on 17 July 2015 between 9:00 and 17:00 or on 18 of July
2015 between 13:00 and 17:00. All the
necessary materials will be provided.
Mandela followed three rules throughout his life: Free yourself, free others
and serve every day. The Art Museum
would like participants to think about how Mandela inspires them while adding
their strand of yarn to the living artwork and to write a message on a piece of
paper to be added to the interactive sculpture.
have the ability to absorb, enfold, contain, expand, and link together. The medium of textile therefore lends itself
to metaphors that describe the connections between us, our societies and even
our place in the universe. So come to the Art Museum and be ‘interwoven’ into the ‘social fabric’ of a
living art work and in the process take a moment to reflect through the
interconnected ‘web’ of yarn all the ‘threads’ that bind us together as a
is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge
and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his
life, served his country and freed his people.
Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change
the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.
collaborative yarn sculpture corresponds with the exhibition, Fabric Of
Existence, which will be on view until 19 June 2015. From delicate embroidered scenes on Chinese
textiles to tapestries of Zulu warriors, beaded Southern Nguni garments with
coded messages and a large pot made out of animal hide, each work tells its own
story through the medium of textile.
Museum’s Mandela Day Yarn Sculpture will be posted on the Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan Art Museum’s Facebook page.
The work will be up until 22 July 2015.