It’s a fact that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela inspired the whole world, and in many ways. Madiba’s selfless pursuit for justice and equality has given rise to countless tributes and homages - and it would be amiss of us here at Springleap not to honour this great icon of South Africa. After all, Springleap’s roots are in the beloved country. So, as the long shadow of his passing falls across the whole world, this is a review of Nelson Mandela street art. The simple fact that so much artwork has been created in his honour - before and after his passing - is a sign of just how many people’s lives he touched. Among the many thousands of artworks created, we’re choosing here to select the best murals and street art, on account of these being available to the public to view them. This mural above, by legendary artist David Flores, was thrown up recently in Venice Beach in L.A. as part of the Branded Arts initiative and is an amazing portrait that really captures the spirit of Madiba in a fantastic limited colour pallette. Amazing work. Another amazing tribute piece has appeared in LA. This is muralist Eduardo Kobra‘s piece, which features his characteristically bright and psychedelic colours, which offset the twinkling eyes of its subject. As always, Kobra’s work touches an emotional nerve, bringing the spirit of his subjects to life. Hopping over the pond to Lisbon, the mural above is the work of another Nelson - this time it’s by Nelson Tavares. It’s a great replica of the popular photo of Madiba which shows him laughing. Of course, no list of Nelson Mandela artwork would be complete without an example of the many great murals created in South Africa honoring the life of the legend. This piece above is the iconic freedom mural by well-respected graffiti artist and muralist Mak1one. It depicts the progression of South Africa toward freedom through illustrated numbers representing the decades from the 60’s to 90’s. Nelson Mandela is shown as he was photographed after casting his vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Last but not least is a very recent mural just painted in Cape Town, which takes a quote from his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. Nelson Mandela street art Thanks for reading and viewing these great artistic tributes to the father of the South African nation and an inspiration to the world. If you have any suggestions on new pieces appearing where you are, let us know - drop a link or a comment below, thanks! p.s: to read our article on Marco Cianfanelli’s amazing Nelson Mandela artworks, click here.