The “My Robben Island Series 1” consists of 5 sketches created by Mr Mandela of different scenes from Robben Island and a written motivation in his own hand.
Mr Mandela began sketching these scenes in May 2002 after he revisited Robben Island.
500 limited edition prints of each of these images was produced and signed in pencil by Mr Mandela. The Size of each work is 50 x 65cm unframed.
The Window - The CEll - The Lighthouse - the Church - The Harbour - The motivation
The Wording on the Written Motivation
“Today when I look at Robben Island I see it as a celebration of the struggle and a symbol of the finest qualities of the human spirit, rather than as a monument to the brutal tyranny and oppression of Apartheid.
Robben Island is a place where courage endured in the face of endless hardship, a place where people kept on believing when it seemed their dreams where hopeless and a place where wisdom and determination overcame fear and human frailty.
It is true that Robben Island was once a place of darkness, but out of that darkness has come a wonderful brightness, a light so powerful that it could not be hidden behind prison walls, held back by prison bars or hemmed in by the surrounding sea.
In these sketches entitled: My Robben Island, I have attempted to colour the island sketches in ways that reflect the positive light in which I view it. This is what I would like to share with people around the world and, hopefully, also project the idea that even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life’s challenges.”