Route 67 consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of political life and his work dedicated to the struggle for Freedom in South Africa.

Starting at an old city icon, the Campanile Monument, the Route 67 ducks under fly-overs and climbs a staircase to Vuyisile Mini Square, the centre of the city. Then squeezing through the staircase at St Mary’s, the experience of the route erupts in a celebration of colour, art and heritage that meanders up the Donkin to the great flag at the top of the hill. From here the journey continues along the old streets of the city past art galleries and parks to then culminate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Route 67 also reaches further, linking the journey in Uitenhage, South End and The Red Location Precinct.

Explore the 67 sites below, and book your Route 67 journey today.

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Way-finding Markers

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The Wayfinding Markers start at the Campanile monument and follow the Arts Journey through the city and the Donkin Reserve to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum.

Campanile Frieze

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A celebration of the indigenous heritage of the Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape area is sculpted through visual images set into a cast concrete curved beam.

Wall of Texts

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A written flow-poem engraved onto locally-sourced granite accompanies the Campanile Frieze and celebrates the indigenous and locally born contribution to arts and culture.

Talking Woman 1

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This work bears eloquent witness to the ongoing painful struggle of rural communities dealing with the AIDS epidemic. It is a lament for the dead, for the injustices of our health system and the staggering grief experienced in Eastern Cape villages today.

** Please note: Artworks 4,5,6 have been relocated. They will be housed in the newly developed Tramways building once the development is completed.

Talking Woman 2

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Using colour glass, oxides and powders this female figure was created as a symbol of what women have that unites them rather than what divides them.

**Please note: Artworks 4,5,6 have been relocated. They will be housed in the newly developed Tramways building once the development is completed.

Talking Woman 3

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Maps from different times in Port Elizabeth’s History illustrate how people have been instrumental in the changing landscape. This is contained within the Woman’s body, making her a vehicle for the idea that many generations have lived and died in this area.

** Please note: Artworks 4,5,6 have been relocated. They will be housed in the newly developed Tramways building once the development is completed.

Identities

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A series of colourful and evocative portraits that depict young South Africans from a range of cultural backgrounds are installed on the pillars underneath the Settlers Way flyovers.

Walk of Words

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A collaboration of artists used value words in different languages to represent the New South Africa and its prosperity as a democratic nation.

Bus Station Mural

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This mural is a carefully constructed design that celebrates public transport and the daily journeys undertaken by the people of this city.

Red Location Pieces

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This is a series of posters, showing ‘teaser’ sections of 10 of the works acquired to form the basis of the permanent collection of the new Red Location Art Gallery.

FishBone

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The FishBone is an architectural element intended to visually anchor the old Jetty Street to Vuyisile Mini Square and encourage pedestrians to trace a historical path between the city and the harbour.

Conversations with the Queen

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It is 19S6 to 1965 and Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba are in conversation with the Queen as Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko look on while this three way conversation unfolds.

Vuyisile Mini

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This piece forms a part of Conversations with the Queen.

76 Youth

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The artwork is a statement about the 76 generation and represents the spiritual journey undertaken by those who fought against oppression.

Chapel Street Crossing

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A pattern of colourful paving bricks flows from all directions over the crossing in Chapel Street. This represents the gathering of masses that voted in the 1994 elections.

Tower Sculpture

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The Tower Sculpture acts as a beacon to announce the journey through the Donkin Reserve and responds to its surrounding elements to allow wind and light to bring it to life.

Mosaic Stairs

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TJane Du Rand, Nandipha Judy Mnono, Nombuso Erica Jacobs, Pumlani Kwayiyo, Zandile Bianca Snam, Mthetheleli Williams, Siyolo Nicollas Ketabehle, Bugalekaya Patrick Loli, MxolisiMalcolm Madela, Mzwandile Matoto

The stairway is an experiential journey that starts in darkness and turbulence and progresses to a new dawn and explosion of colour, hope and new beginnings.

34 Lights

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Produced as a collaboration between students and school pupils of Nelson Mandela Bay, the 34 Lights represent a journey along the Voting Queue and the Mosaic Stairs, telling a story about past, present and future.

Amphitheatre Wall

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A public art experience, where humour, vibrance and colour meet the gritty nature of everyday street life through a graphic and illustrative interpretation of Port Elizabeth’s inner city ambience

Election Queue

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The Voting Queue represents the voting line that was formed at the 1994 elections.

Whites Road Wall

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History is often shaped by momentous events, while cities with their alleys, streets and avenues are formed by the layered rhythms of daily necessity. This rhythm of place, shaped by the everyday, becomes the song of the city.

Fish Bird

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The Fish-Bird is returning back to the Donkin to take ownership of this transforming site.

Piazza Mosaic

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This 470 square metre mosaic, situated between the Pyramid and the Great Flag, celebrates the multi-cultural, the heritages, the diverse histories and abundant fauna and flora that characterises the city and the province. between the city and the harbour.

Great Flag

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The Flag sits within the Arts Journey as a point in space that marks the Donkin Reserve as an important public space and celebration of the city’s heritage.

Voting Line

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The life-size laser-cut steel figures form a symbolic voting line that evokes a memory of voters as they were seen in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.

Windward

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The shapes of these sculptural benches hint at Port Elizabeth’s nautical history while the title refers to the city’s popular name, the “Windy City”. GRAFFITI by Black Concepts.

River Memory

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The artwork evokes the streamlet that once trickled down to the sea before it was land-filled, making way for what is now Donkin Street (circa 1850s).

Untitled

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The piece has been left untitled with the features and clothing on the female figure deliberately neutral, as the work is meant as a conversation piece rather than a conceptually specific entity.

Welcome Carpet

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As its title reflects, the Quartz Carpet and bead artwork is a welcoming celebration and luxurious experience hinting at the cultural context of the Eastern Cape and leading diverse local cultures and visitors onto the Donkin Reserve.

Mosaic Moments

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The symbolic interpretation of the tiled pieces is a celebration of symbols and icons within Port Elizabeth and its surrounds, referencing various stories, personal ideas and journeys.

Garden

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Garden design with indigenous plants.

Harmony in Nature

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This old optical technique used by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, is a combination of optical illusion and mathematics.

The Seated Couple

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Two minimalist figures carved from Oregon Pine are seated on high chairs overlooking the Athenaeum foyer. They welcome guests and encouraging conversation in this social space.

Athenæum Collection

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An exhibition of large works was curated by the Athenaeum to compliment the style and grand scale of the building walls with no restrictions placed on subject matter or content. A total of six artworks were selected by artists in different stages in their careers

artEC Mural

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This mural is like a mirror being held up to the residents of central and greater Port Elizabeth. It reflects the diversity of cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds within this society.

artEC Sculpture Courtyard

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The basic concept and underlying icon woven into this piece is one of waves. Waves of one kind or another tie us all together and roll onwards through history in the making of contemporary times.

Beaded Book

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This series of artworks are a direct response by 30 beaders from the Eastern Cape to 67 quotes by Nelson Mandela over the last 67 years. Each resultant beadwork adds to a larger experience and abstracted narrative of South Africa’s challenges.

Tree of Life

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Constitutional Court

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Trinder

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Trinder Bench

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The Trinder benches were conceptualised as a creative and crafted response to the roots of the wild fig trees that grow in Trinder Square. They are arranged in an oval around the central grassed lawn where residents of the area play soccer and ball sports in the evenings.

Rose Street

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Map

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A linocut artwork by Shepherd Xego presents his own perspective and journey of Route 67. Drawing on architectural features, activities and public artworks, Shepherd guides the visitor through his birds-eye imaginary experiences of the city.

South End Glass Sculpture

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A sculpture created to commemorate the people who were forcefully removed from the old South End by the Group Areas Act under the Apartheid laws.

Uitenhage - Untitled

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It has been proposed that a bust of Uitenhage-born composer Enoch Sontonga be installed in front of the fountains on this site.

Nkosi Sikelele

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The Uitenhage Market Square features a tribute to then composer of Nkosi Sikelele’ iAfrika, Enoch Sontonga, who was born in Uitenhage.

Children’s Memorial

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The Children’s Memorial is conceptually linked to the Donkin Mosaic Moments, and through this, a subtle connection is established between these two sites.

Guernica

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This work bears eloquent witness to the ongoing painful struggle of rural communities dealing with the AIDS epidemic. It is a lament for the dead, for the injustices of our health system and the staggering grief experienced in Eastern Cape villages today. On show at the Red Location Museum.

PACKAGES

  • Single
  • Two to three
  • Three to five
  • Five to ten
  • Community group
  • - R100.00
  • - R90.00 pp
  • - R80.00 pp
  • - R70.00 pp
  • - R1,200 per group of 30
  • (churches, schools, corporate and government offices)

CONTACT DETAILS

Donkin Visitor Information Office: Donkin Reserve, Belmont Terrace, Central

Tel: +27 (0) 41 585 8884, Fax: +27 (0) 41 585 2564

Email: bookings@route67tours.co.za

Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm

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