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Posted on 01/23/2014 5:05:08 AM PST by Uncle Chip
who created Nelson Mandela memorial included a RABBIT inside his ear
A 30ft sculpture of Nelson Mandela has angered South African officials as the sculptors left a signature on the artwork a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
The bronze memorial, which was unveiled outside the government complex in Pretoria, after Mandelas funeral on December 16, is billed as the largest statue of the South African leader in the world.
Officials demand that the miniature rabbit is to be removed from the statue, claiming it mocks Mandela and his lifes work.
The department of arts and culture said it didn't know the two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, had added a rabbit, said to be a discreet signature on their work.
The bronze rabbit, sitting on its haunches with one floppy ear, is about half the height of the ear canal. It doesn't belong there, said Mogomotsi Mogodiri, a department spokesman. The statue represents what everyone in South Africa is proud of.
His department said in a statement that there are discussions on how best to retain the integrity of the sculpture without causing any damage or disfigurement. The giant work stands with arms outstretched, symbolizing Mandela's devotion to inclusiveness, outside the Union Buildings, where the his body rests.
Earlier this week, South Africa's Beeld newspaper quoted the artists as saying they added the rabbit as a trademark after officials would not allow them to engrave their signatures on the statue's trousers.
They also said the rabbit represented the pressure of finishing the sculpture on time because haas - the word for rabbit in the Dutch-based Afrikaans language - also means haste.....
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‘Cause the statue of Lenin was too tall to fit?
We always knew he had a parasite in his head.
More evidence that the Eveready Bunny may have been his muse —
The word for rabbit in Afrikaans is either haas or konyn.
Konyn = conning perhaps
Sculptor couldn’t figure out how to add an extra rectum? Maybe they should just melt the whole thing down and make firearms out of it? Kind of a counter to shawnee penns latest attempt at “greatness” and a kick in the pants to charlize teeron.
That’s another way of putting a bug in your ear!
The extra rectum was represented by the statue in its entirety.
or a Bugs
An astute observation indeed. Are there any goodyears placed strategically placed around the main object as planters? That would be a nice touch. Or possibly an “eternal” flaming tire as you approach?
“My, my name is Nelson Mandela.....and this is my friend Harvey.”
Hopefully they checked the other ear —
Elmer Fudd could be in there.
Hy was so mal soos n haas. = He was as crazy as a rabbit.
My Afrikaans is rusty, but that is the gist of it. It is an old saying. Funny stuff.
These South African officials have much more to worry about than rabbits in a bronze statue. Who is going to climb up on that statue and look into the ear?
It does make you wonder who climbed up there and looked into his ears.
Maybe it was the guy with the big Q-Tip thinking that they have to clean his ears every couple of months.
LOL! A harey ear!
So that’s what the hare in my ear looks like — no wonder it’s so evasive and I have such a hard time getting it out of there.
Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids. I think the outrage is unjustified: nothing mocks Mandela’s life more than Mandela’s life. Good riddance to bad communists.