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Hopping mad: South African ministers furious to discover sculptors ...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 22, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter

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 Mandela’s 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 life’s 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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KEYWORDS: mandela; rabbit; sculpture; southafrica; statue

1 posted on 01/23/2014 5:05:08 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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2 posted on 01/23/2014 5:12:21 AM PST by Maceman
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To: Maceman

‘Cause the statue of Lenin was too tall to fit?


3 posted on 01/23/2014 5:15:54 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Maceman

We always knew he had a parasite in his head.


4 posted on 01/23/2014 5:21:33 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: Maceman

More evidence that the Eveready Bunny may have been his muse —


5 posted on 01/23/2014 5:23:48 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

The word for rabbit in Afrikaans is either haas or konyn.

Konyn = conning perhaps


6 posted on 01/23/2014 5:45:21 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Pan_Yan

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.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 6:01:40 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Maceman

That’s another way of putting a bug in your ear!


8 posted on 01/23/2014 6:03:19 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: rktman

The extra rectum was represented by the statue in its entirety.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 6:03:26 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
That’s another way of putting a bug in your ear!

or a Bugs

10 posted on 01/23/2014 6:06:32 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: MrB

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?


11 posted on 01/23/2014 6:07:25 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Bingo!


12 posted on 01/23/2014 6:08:11 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Maceman

Harvey.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 6:09:48 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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“My, my name is Nelson Mandela.....and this is my friend Harvey.”


14 posted on 01/23/2014 6:11:26 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Hopefully they checked the other ear —

Elmer Fudd could be in there.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 6:22:07 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Kinda reminds me of the rabbit in the Cake - Sick Of You video ♫ ♫ ♪
16 posted on 01/23/2014 6:24:23 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 6:31:17 AM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Uncle Chip

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?


18 posted on 01/23/2014 6:44:39 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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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.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 6:49:28 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

LOL! A harey ear!


20 posted on 01/23/2014 7:06:54 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

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.


21 posted on 01/23/2014 7:24:48 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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22 posted on 01/23/2014 9:02:06 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


23 posted on 01/23/2014 11:10:34 AM PST by OldNewYork
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