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Vandals target Tutu's Arch for Arch in Cape Town

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 26, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

I was sorry to hear that the new Arch for Arch monument in Cape Town has been attacked by vandals just six months after it was unveiled. 

The commemorative structure, sited next to St George’s Cathedral, celebrates the work and legacy of veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

The monument is particularly site-significant as St George’s not only served as a common meeting point for activists during the apartheid era but was also the embarkation point for many of Desmond Tutu’s marches and campaigns 

The Arch for Arch is made up of 14 arched beams each bearing an inscription from the South African Constitution.

It was created as a lasting tribute to the Nobel laureate by Design Indaba in conjunction with Interactive Africa and was officially inaugurated by Desmond Tutu himself on his 86th birthday last October. A smaller version of the arch has also been sited at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

Following the attack in Cape Town work is being carried out to replace special bolts and metal plates on the damaged structure with Interactive Africa project leader Robyn-Lee Pretorius quoted by News 24 as saying:

"We expected vandalism because it is in a public space. It took three months to construct and a lot of work was put into it. It does hurt to see it vandalised.” He added that efforts are now being made to prevent it being defaced in the future.