South African artist Marco Cianfanelli donated R85 181 from his partnership with The Scoin Shop and The South African Gold Coin Exchange to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, May 3.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a new specialist paediatric referral hospital located in Parktown, Johannesburg. It is set to receive its first patients in June 2017.
Cianfanelli, renowned for his large-scale public art installations, will be donating the sum of the royalties he has earned from the sales of Mandela Capture Site Medallions since the gold coins went on sale in January 2015.
“We are thrilled to be part of this amazing initiative. We believe that the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will continue to help those most in need, the children of South Africa,” says Alan Demby, Managing Director of The South African Gold Coin Exchange and its retail division, The Scoin Shop.
The ¼ oz collectable medallions feature on their reverse a representation of Cianfanelli’s sculpture of Madiba at the site of his capture in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.
The artwork titled Release, now a popular tourist attraction comprises 50 separate steel columns which at a distance of 35 meters line up to create a portrait of Madiba.
The sculpture was unveiled in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s capture.
The obverse of the gold medallions features the now famous bust of Mandela, which has been on every Mandela Medallion (issued by The Scoin Shop and The South Africa Gold Coin Exchange) since 2005.
Cianfanelli, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Wits University in 1992, has worked on a number of large-scale art installations in South Africa and abroad.
Between 2004 and 2010 he was a member of the design team for The Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa’s national monument to freedom.
He has held seven solo exhibitions and his work has been exhibited in more than two dozen group exhibitions.
The Johannesburg-born artist has also won numerous awards, including the prestigious ABSA L’Atelier competition in 2002, and an Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in 2001.