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Arch for Arch monument in honour of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

07 Oct 2017

Cape Town: Today Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 86th birthday with a prayer ceremony at St George's Cathedral where the newly finished Arch for Arch monument, created in his honour, was also unveiled.

In the company of his wife Leah Tutu, distinguished guests and church leaders, the Archbishop listened to birthday video dedications from his friends including Sir Richard Branson and Bono. Archbishop Tutu officially unveiled the monument where he was also joined by Liberty CEO David Munro, and Design Indaba CEO Ravi Naidoo.

Liberty CEO David Munro said: "Liberty is honoured to be a part of celebrating the iconic and beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We believe that the Arch for Arch will become a key landmark in South Africa and a platform to ignite dialogue about the South African Constitution."

Commissioned by Design Indaba and with support from financial services group Liberty, as the sponsor, we asked award-winning architects Snøhetta and Thomas Chapman of Local Studio, to develop The Arch for Arch monument. The #ArchForArch monument will stand as a permanent reminder to South Africans, as well as visitors to the city, from all walks of life, of the ideals that Archbishop Tutu holds dear: diversity, unity and faith in humanity.

The 14 lines from the preamble of the South African Constitution are now permanently etched at the entrance.

There will also be free WiFi available at the #ArchForArch and using a QR code people can access more information on the project.

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