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The Long March

to Freedom

A Monumental Celebration

of South Africa's Struggle

for Freedom & Democracy

Every corner of this country bears a mark of the legends and stalwarts who were pivotal in bringing this nation its freedom and democracy.

These heroes of the liberation struggle are being honoured in The Long March to Freedom – a procession of 400 individuals who struggled against oppression in South Africa from the early 1700s to Freedom Day in April 1994.


From the rebel chiefs and revered kings to the more well-known activists of the 1980s and 1990s, each figure is poised in walking motion, symbolically fighting for the liberation of South Africa while marching forward to the inevitable advent of democracy.


The procession spans four centuries of South Africa’s history, and is an attempt to redress

the historical imbalances that exist in a cultural landscape littered with colonial conquests and racial segregation.


Graphically reflecting the diverse and collective magnitude of the struggle, The Long March to Freedom is an enduring form of national thanks to the South Africans who sacrificed their lives for the democratic nation enjoyed today.


It is envisaged to be a place of learning, a place of growth, and a place of self-reflection, which will forever celebrate right over might and etch South Africa’s heroes in the world’s collective memory.

Skills Transfer &

Employment Opportunities

The making of hundreds of life-size figures is in itself a monumental undertaking, involving numerous researchers, sculptors, artists and casting foundries across South Africa.

For this reason the site also acts as a showcase of artistic skill and achievement, with each figure a testament to South Africa’s best and most promising sculptors.


Eventually the National Heritage Monument aims to initiate an accredited on-site skills development programme at a studio and foundry on the heritage project’s site, where visitors can watch first-hand how the historic bronzes are made.

With the creation of the first 100 bronze figures, the project has created numerous job opportunities:

40 professional sculptors and their assistants have been awarded commissions to produce life-size bronzes from the maquettes that were submitted in various proposal calls.

 

8 South African foundries have been involved in the manufacture and installation of the bronzes. Some have expanded as a result, training additional staff as foundry specialists.

 

5 less-experienced artists have been trained and mentored in the art of bronze sculpture and are now in a position to work independently and sell their own sculptures.


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