Column of light through the Awaiting Trail tower
Column of light through the Awaiting Trail tower

Route of inaugral flame and siting in awaiting trail tower
Route of inaugral flame and siting in awaiting trail tower

Overview of flame and tower installtion
Overview of flame and tower installtion

Column of light through the Awaiting Trail tower
Column of light through the Awaiting Trail tower

CONSTITUTION HILL FLAME OF DEMOCRACY

HILLBROW, JOHANNESBURG

In collaboration with: The Library

2010

The 16th of December 2011 marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of South Africa’s new constitution.  To commemorate this auspicious occasion, a Flame of Democracy was implemented. The installation is housed at the threshold of the historic Awaiting Trial Tower along its east-west axis to the Constitutional Court entrance – this siting directly references the South African journey toward democracy. Comprising of an eternal flame and column of light - visible throughout the city - their symbolism stands in stark contrast to the doorway of the towers through which prisoners once passed.