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‘Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum’ With An Amazing, Huge Sculpture Of The Great Man.

by Anura Guruge


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I happen to see a commercial for this “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum“, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3), last week while watching (intently) the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Match (that SA, to my relief, won).

I was intrigued. I went back and watched the commercial a number of times.

LOVE the huge metal sculpture. Wow. So clever and so realistic. BRAVO.

I, as some of you already know, am a HUGE fan of Nelson. So, this was right up my alley. IF I ever make it to South Africa I would, of course, make a point of visiting this.

I just wanted to share with YOU since I am not sure that the existence of this great museum is that well known.


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Stephen Hodecker (Meredith,N.H.) Bronze Nude Sculpture, ‘Girl At A Pond’, c. 1998.

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>> Stephen Hodecker, Wyethian of late.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

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Stephen Hodecker, quite justly, is well known as a painter, his nudes, in Meredith, very publicly displayed.

Stephen, however, is also a very accomplished bronze sculptor — and sculpting in bronze is not easy.

Here is very sensuous nude he sculpted c. 1998. Not sure who the model was.

I was lucky enough to get some pictures of it the other day.


Click here to access the ‘Stephen Hodecker’ Website.


Original Cecco Bonanotte, As In Vatican Papal Voting Urns, Bronze Sculpture FOR SALE In Switzerland.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I got an e-mail from Switzerland a few weeks ago because I have written about Cecco Bonanotte’s urns for papal elections.

Directly from Cecco Bonanotte’s beautiful web site. Check out the nudes.

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The statue is in Switzerland and, of course, it can be shipped anywhere in the world.

The gentleman who contacted me, asking whether I can give him a hand in trying to sell it in the U.S. (given my ‘connections’),
inherited it from his father, who owned an art gallery and did a Cecco Bonanotte show in the 1970s.

It is priced remarkably well! I was very surprised.

Very affordable for a statue from somebody as famous as this.
If I wasn’t so poor I would buy it at this price.
Moreover, Deanna likes it.

IF you have any interest, let me know and I will get you in touch with the seller.


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Auguste Rodin’s Birthday: November 12, 1840.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Google, in their always cute ‘top left‘ motif, started giving us the head’s up on this birthday since late last night. Yes, I use Google even past midnight. 172nd birthday.

Most know him, deservedly, for his iconic, deeply visceral ‘The Thinker‘. He was, however, ultra prolific in multiple forms, also been a painter in oils and watercolor. Something that many may not have appreciated was that Rodin invariably made multiple copies of his work, actually having mechanical ‘duplicating arms’ to help copy the outline from a finished sculpture to a new block of material. He also employed an army of assistants to help with the copies. So there are supposed to be at least 20 Rodin authorized copies of ‘The Thinker’. That took me by surprise when I saw one at ‘California Palace of the Legion of Honor’ in San Francisco.

So lets take this birthday as an excuse for a little bit of Rodin indulgence, he considered the ‘Father of Modern Sculpture‘.

Rodin watercolor from 1905. He would have been 65.


The Kiss, 1901 – 1904. Multiple authorized copies exist.


My favorite, maybe second favorite, Rodin, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ by at the Victoria Tower Gardens, London, England. Again there are copies including one at the New York Met.


Temple of Love, undated.

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