Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of public life!
Nelson Mandela Bay set up an Art Route in 2011 in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in public life. This is a walking route that starts at the Campanile Memorial in Strand Street and the Donkin Reserve and wends its way through the Central Business District including Vuyisile Square with the City Hall and Library, through St Mary’s Terrace steps and on to the Great Flag in the Donkin Reserve.
Route 67 is unique in that it depicts the colonial history and heritage of the region as well as the more recent history of South Africa.
First and foremost this route was created to celebrate the 67 years of Mandela’s public life and to instil a sense of pride in the city. Another aspect of the route was to show how public art can be used to bring people together. The art works consist of some of the older monuments of the city, art deco architecture and several open air artworks.
The route has user friendly way-finding markers that guide the visitor through the whole route although free guided tours are also available
Route 67 forms part of the greater Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey which includes a few Art Galleries and different locations such as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, the newly renovated Athenaeum Building, the Red Location Museum, Uitenhage Market Square and the artEC Art Gallery to name a few.
The walk was the brainchild of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and the renewal department of the municipality who implemented the physical aspect of the route.
One of the displays consists of the restored paving tiles in Jetty Street that have words written on them gleaned from a panel of local personalities. The words such as Ubuntu, Integrity and Eerlikheid, (all with the same meaning in Zulu, English and Afrikaans) have been chosen and imbedded into the pavement tiles that form the Walk of Words.
Route 67 Maps are available from the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism office which is located at the lighthouse in the Donkin Reserve next to the stone pyramid.
As prices are always subject to change, please phone ahead and confirm.
Tel: +27 41 585 8884
The Art Route 67 is 1 kilometers (1 miles) long.
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