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Super-sized 'Mandela' sunglasses stir Cape Town controversy

Sea Point promenade, Cape Town.
Sea Point promenade, Cape Town. Image by Warren Rohner / CC BY-SA 2.0

A pair of 60-square-metre wayfarer Ray-Ban sunglasses, which sit on the lawn at Sea Point promenade and look out to Robben Island, has caused controversy in Cape Town. The artwork, titled Perceiving Freedom, was created by artist Michael Elion as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, but many city residents feel that the piece is using the deceased president’s legacy to promote a luxury item. The artist had supposedly hoped the stainless steel sculpture would create a memorial that focuses on both its location and the country’s history. Read more: news24.com