Three South African artists are potentially eligible to design the Mandela Monument: Usha Seejarim, Lawrence Lemaoana and Hannelie Coetzee.
The three artists have been invited to submit a design for the monument. The winner will be selected by a jury towards the end of 2017-beginning 2018.
- Usha Seejarim (1974) has built up an impressive record of public art and is valued as an established artist. She designed the great slate figures representing articles from the South African Freedom Charter (Freedom Charter, Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, 2008). She designed the exterior facade of the South African Embassy (Chancery) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (artistic sun protection inspired by San cave painting, 2008). She also designed the official seeded portrait for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela (2013). She is very experienced in using a wide variety of materials and collaborating with artists and communities.
- Lawrence Lemaoana (1982) created, for the city of Johannesburg, a large bronze sculpture called "Democracy Dialogue" (2015). The artwork depicts a larger than life female protesting. This young black contemporary artist is a very suitable candidate, given that there are few like him in public art practice.
- Hannelie Coetzee (1971) is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She uses natural materials, is interested in unusual partnerships and uses recycled industrial waste materials to create her works of art. Using photography and sculpting she wants to connect science and art to encourage involvement with nature.