Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces


In 2002 the idea of a Nobel Square was initiated by the then Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool. The idea was to honour South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for the role they played in achieving peace and democracy. Each one at a different time in history. Four sculptures now stand in the form of a crescent with Table Mountain in the background.

They are slightly larger than life-size and have each individual’s preferred quotations engraved in their chosen language in front of the sculptures.

The four Laureates are:

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19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

  1. Robin September 16, 2011 / 21:18

    Cool, I didn’t even know this existed… I guess I’ll have to go and look for it before I leave Cape Town.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 17, 2011 / 08:33

      Go down to the V&A. With Table Mountain to your back, Turn left and follow the waterfront, always keeping Table Mountain to your LHS. Walk about 1/2 mile and you should see it…

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  2. Jo Bryant September 16, 2011 / 22:02

    I love that you have shown me this – never knew they existed. What a great idea to honour them in such a manner. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty September 17, 2011 / 08:40

      Although I was on a business trip to Cape Town I always take time to try and explore the surrounding area. In some ways I think they are in the wrong place, at the end of a shopping mall come marina come restaurant and tourist area. If it were me I would have wanted to honour them by placing the statues right in the main square of the shopping area.

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  3. supersnails September 17, 2011 / 12:31

    I also didn’t know that these existed and I live in South Africa. Something to add to my list of places to visit.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 20, 2011 / 12:47

      Tourists always find things that locals never do….I found a 6ft bronze representation of a Roman Helmet on part of the Offa’s Dyke Trail last week. I didn’t know it existed and I only live 1/2 mile away from it…

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  4. Maggie L R September 17, 2011 / 16:50

    Great idea. I will have to google and see if I can find thier quotes.

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  5. Andrea September 17, 2011 / 18:01

    It is so nice that a monument exists to celebrate these fine individuals. I had the incredible good fortune to see Desmond Tutu speak live…. I will never forget it.

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  6. jakesprinter September 18, 2011 / 10:05

    Great Post for the topic faces well done:)

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  7. Zoya September 18, 2011 / 23:41

    So beautiful. Never knew of such a monument.

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  8. diggingher September 18, 2011 / 23:52

    Nice photo’s. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. changeversations September 19, 2011 / 09:05

    I love your entries for this challenge, Mike. Thanks for sharing your photos and making us aware of this honor. Also, I appreciate your visit to my blog and leaving a pingback.

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  10. pix & kardz September 20, 2011 / 05:37

    interesting – thanks for the background on this!

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  11. pinoyleonardo September 20, 2011 / 06:07

    Very informative. Nice pics. Would probably like to go there if i’d go to South Africa 🙂

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  12. Patti Kuche September 20, 2011 / 21:28

    Love the framing of the faces in the first!

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  13. hugmamma September 30, 2011 / 02:09

    Since I’m almost certain I’ll never visit South Africa…I’m grateful that you can bring glimpses of that country to me…

    mahalo (Hawaiian for “thank you”)… 🙂

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