The "Route 67" art journey celebrates the 67 years of Nelson Mandela’s political life through a visual collection of works produced by local artists. This 67-minute walk blends both the historical and modern features of the people and culture of the Eastern Cape. The route is watched over by a metal cut-out of Nelson Mandela, and it pays tribute to Madiba's 67 years of service to South Africans. The walk features 67 public art pieces created by 67 different Eastern Cape artists. Visual arts, urban design, and heritage treasures are merged into an experience intended to unite all sectors of a formerly divided community. It demonstrates to the rest of the world what magic exists in the post-apartheid era.
The result is an incredible tourism route known as the Arts Journey, which includes exhibitions and showcases on Route 67 and at the refurbished Athenaeum gallery. The Route was opened on September 24, 2011, South Africa’s National Heritage Day, and has launched a tourist hub that focuses on art, culture and heritage. Route 67 is a unique tourism product for Nelson Mandela Bay, a job creation project for the artists, and an educational tool for both local and international visitors to the city.
With guidance from the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) developed the walk, which highlights the tale of Port Elizabeth's rich legacy, both in colonial and Nelson Mandela's history. The Voting Line sculpture by Anthony Harris and Konrad Geel at the Donkin Reserve is a life-size, laser-cut steel figure that represents all the villages that participated in the peaceful vote for democracy in April 1994.
9:00 am pick up at place of residence to start at the frieze at the bottom of the historic 1820 settler monument, continuing through to market square, the hub of the city and on past the benign eye of the statue of Queen Victoria to the Public library.
We go on up the mosaic-covered stairs to the top of the hill, the Donkin Reserve overlooking the central business district of the city. The hilltop is host to a number of art pieces including the final piece, the impressive 60-metre flag pole with its even more impressive gigantic South African flag.
Completing the guided tour of a journey made possible by the actions of a man imprisoned for 27 years for his beliefs in a free society and bestowed upon us as a gift of his forgiveness and wisdom as we complete the tour and return you to your accommodation.
R 450 per person (Minimum 4 persons required)
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