London Photo Tours for Visitors

Nelson Mandela Statues

Nelson Mandela Statue Parliament Square - Ian Walters - bronze

Boadicea (Boudicca) statue westminster pier London

Statue of Mandela in parliament unveiled 2007 which was attended by Mandela who gave a speech saying it fulfilled a dream to see the statue of a black man in parliament Square.

Originally planned for Trafalgar Square by its proponents journalist Donald Woods then mayor Ken Livingstone and , permission was refused by Westminster Council and the statue finally erected in Parliament Square instead.

Nelson Mandela Bust South Bank London - Ian Walters - bronze

Coate Stone Lion South Bank London

Situated on London's South Bank at the side of the Royal Festival Hall this is the second edition of this bust..

This original bust was made when Mandela was still in prison and was unveiled in 1985 by Oliver Tambo. I guess the sculptor Ian Walters worked from old photographs.

The original was destroyed by deliberate fire after about a year. The present version was re-erected in 1988 and placed higher on a plinth for safety which unfortunately makes it more remote - but it is a very powerful statement nevertheless.

The text at the top reads"the struggle is my life"

Nearest Tube: Waterloo (for the South Bank)