Planning a trip to South Africa? Fan of Nelson Mandela and bunny rabbits? Quick, head to the government complex in Pretoria to see not only the largest statue of the South African leader in the world, but the only statue of Mandela with a bunny in its ear!
Government officials are mad and have demanded removal of the bunny. The carrot at the end of the stick of this story will surprise you.
Two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, were hired by the government to build the statue. As they were finishing their work, they were told by officials that they would not be allowed to engrave their signatures on the statue.
According to The BBC, “The sculptors reportedly inserted the rabbit as a trademark signature and to denote the haste with which they had to complete the statue.”
South Africa’s Beeld newspaper quoted the artists as saying they added the rabbit as a ‘trademark’.
The 30ft bronze statue was unveiled on December 16th, 2013, a day after Nelson Mandela was buried.
Make sure to bring your binoculars if you make it there to see the bunny. It is actually barely visible to the naked eye.