Origin of the Idea

(Western Cape Government)
The idea to honour South Africa's four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former Presidents F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, through sculptures, was born during a conversation between the Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool, and the former Premier of the province, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, in November 2002.

Read tributes to the Laureates to find out about their contribution to society. The Provincial Government of the Western Cape immediately started consulting with the three surviving Laureates and the family of Nkosi Luthuli about its plans to honour the Laureates' contribution to world peace and nation building. It also proposed the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, as the most suitable venue as it would ensure that the sculptures were secure and well kept, while at the same time provide the people of and visitors to the Western Cape with an engaging and accessible place of reflection and contemplation.

Here's what was said about the four Laureates when they were awarded their Nobel Peace Prizes.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014