Erhardt Thiel is a photographer and artist who was inspired to create the installations as a way for people to identify themselves within Madiba’s legacy.
His vision is to take the world’s smallest museum, one of his carefully constructed structural conversational installations, and turn it into the world’s largest museum thus ensuring that the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela is spread around the globe by placing a sculpture in as many locations as possible.
Thiel wanted to create a project that could actively get people to associate themselves with the value systems of South Africa’s former president.
In naming the site or discussing it, we must use the words “I” and “Madiba” and thus opens our minds to finding ways in which we can emulate his values. As a student Thiel photographed Madiba in 1991 when Madiba spoke at Stellenbosch University for the first time.