A new arch built in honour of global humanitarian and apartheid struggle icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu was unveiled today, on his 86th birthday.
The arch being unveiled is the larger of a set of two, with a smaller contemporary placed on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg being unveiled on 10 December, the 21st anniversary of our Constitution.
The City Of Cape Town and Mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille have partnered with the Design Indaba for today’s exciting unveiling. Renowned architects Snøhetta and Thomas Chapman of Local Studio were tasked with the design of the Arch for Arch, commissioned by the Design Indaba and funded by financial services provider Liberty. “In celebrating 21 years of the South African Constitution, Liberty is proud to be part of honouring Archbishop Tutu as one of the leading activists for our democracy. The Arch is a symbolic memento of what we as a country have achieved, while serving as a reminder to each citizen in the country about upholding the values and spirit of the Constitution,” said Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Group.
This unveiling is an important tribute to one of South Africa’s beacons of freedom and humanitarianism, the selfless icon who coined the term “Rainbow Nation”.