Pretoria, 8 February 2013: Great excitement was caused by the installation of a huge sculpture created by the prominent sculptor, Danie de Jager, at the Voortrekker Monument earlier this week. The sculpture, earlier called ‘In Flight’, will be formally unveiled on 13 February 2013 and will in future be known as ‘Quo Vadis?’ (Whereto from here?).
From 1971 to 1998 the sculpture featured in the main lobby of the then Jan Smuts Airport, but during the upgrading of the airport it was removed and stored. Whilst in storage, parts of it were stolen by vandals. The remaining pieces were returned to the sculptor. In 2012 his widow, Elsa de Jager, donated the pieces to Ex-Minister Pik Botha. Through his intercession, the sculpture was restored, and The Heritage Foundation was able to organise a permanent home for it at the site of the Voortrekker Monument.
The name ‘In Flight’ was perfectly suited to the original aviation context. Its new placement at the Voortrekker Monument, however, prompted the decision to rename it to “Quo Vadis?”. This was inspired by the famous words of Prime Minister, Dr D.F. Malan on the occasion of the inauguration of the Voortrekker Monument on 16 December 1949.
On 13 February 2013 the sculpture will be unveiled during a formal ceremony, to which many representatives of the Government, other dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps as well as influential members of the Afrikaans Community and Afrikaans Language – and Cultural Organisations were invited. The function will be attended by more than 200 guests.
The keynote-address will be delivered by Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Councillor of the NWU. The highlight of the event will be the unveiling of the sculpture by the three co-donors, ie. Elsa de Jager, the artist’s widow, as well as Messrs. Pik Botha and Nic Anicic. Wellknown Afrikaans singer, Arina de Witt, will also be performing.
Maj Gen (Ret) GN Opperman
The Heritage Foundation
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