After the sculpture was removed, a brightly painted replica replaced the old version. When asked about the significance of the new sculpture, Smit explained, “It commemorates the Soweto uprising and, with regards to the name, I think we are living in an age of grace, but even so we are messing it up with riots and wars.”

 

The original “Age of Grace” sculpture was first erected in 2000 and has spent 15 years watching over the drama department. Some of the students were sad to see the statue go while others were excited as the new statue signified new beginnings.

 

Photo: Nikita Mokgware