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Travel Photo Thursday – Nobel Square

Nobel Square, Cape Town

Nobel Square, Cape Town

These sculptures which honor South Africa’s four Nobel Prize winners, Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F.W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela, are located on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Created by two of South Africa’s most accomplished female sculptors – Noria Mabasa and Claudette Schreuders – they were unveiled on December 16, 2005, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.

Nobel Square, Cape Town

Nobel Square honorees, Cape Town, SA

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website!


  1. Good luck on your submission… You have chosen a wonderful shot too. 🙂
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  2. Now, those are nice. They’re simple, yet strong and standing there, accessible to the public. The placement and simplistic style says a lot about the kind of leaders they have been. Thanks for sharing that.
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  3. I am always amused by statues of people. They are more comical than they are lifelike. Its a good way to laugh at ourselves. And, perhaps, that’s not a bad thing.
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  4. Cathy Sweeney

    I love public sculptures — these are very cool. Nice to see that female sculptors created these important works, too.
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  5. Wow, four Nobel Prize winners sounds like a lot!
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  6. That’s cool – honouring clever, brave, outstanding people. We are sometimes guilty of honouring only sportspeople.
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  7. So true. We should honor them equally.

  8. They actually have nine in total. Five for literature or medicine and these for for peace are directly related to Apartheid.

  9. Yes, isn’t it? One was 70, the other in her 30s.

  10. It’s interesting to see the artist’s interpretation. Sometimes it’s close to how the person looks, other times not so much.
    Sometime, they’re funny.

  11. They sure are. One thing I also noticed it that they all look almost the same size but I’m not sure how tall they really were in real life.
    You’re welcome, Totsy.

  12. Thanks, Elizabeth!

  13. I like the statues, it really brings life to the square.
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  14. They sure do!
    Thanks for visiting.

  15. jenjenk

    these are such unique statues…i like the style – not your typical human like form but softer, rounder….

  16. They definitely are. Thanks for visiting.

  17. How nice that the peace prize laureates are honoured so visibly and permanently in South Africa. They are here in Oslo, too, of course 🙂
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  18. Isn’t it? It’s a beautiful think to see.