"Heritage For Sale: Bronze Casting and the Colonial Imagination"

23 Nov 2015 - 11:00

"If we have learnt anything in the past year of student protest action, it is that public symbols and images have the power to catalyze mass mobilization and action. In this moment, therefore, we would be foolish if we did not pay close attention to the new symbols that are entering public discourse, and, with them, the new fables.

In 2011, Dali Tambo put forth a proposal for a National Heritage Monument Project outside Fountains Valley in Tshwane. This project, which is already well underway, will allegedly include four-to-five hundred bronze statues of individuals who fought for ‘the end’ of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Their arrangement collectively will create an artwork entitled ‘The Long March To Freedom’. To add to this insidious reference, the monument project will be accompanied by nothing other than Africa’s largest water park, which, although adding spice to the mix, will not be the central focus of this article."

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