A New Orleans artist is showing his support for South African leader Nelson Mandela with a very special art piece.
Artist, Daniel Garcia, Owner of The Courtyard Gallery designed a decorative door for Mandela.
“A minor tribute, but a great way to leave a lasting tribute,” Garcia said.
Etched in wood is South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela alongside the Dalai Lama. Both men have been an inspiration to Garcia.
“These two gentlemen, we all understand who they are and what they’ve done for humanity,” he said.
When Garcia found out about Mandela’s recent illness, he knew he wanted to do something to show he cares.His art piece is something he wants everyone to get involved with through signatures.
“I carved an idea, but the community is coming out to make it happen. We’re trying to get enough signatures to send to Mandela.
Paint sits by the door and all you have to do is sign the door. He’s asking for donations to help mail the door to South Africa.
“We’re getting close. So far we’ve raised $450. It costs about $900 to send it. Days ago the door was completely blank, and now we have over 8-thousand signatures,” he said.
Garcia plans on mailing the door in the next few weeks.
“I want him to see it. I want his family to see it, and sign it too. In my heart, that would be a beautiful thing. I want Mandela to smile, just a wonderful smile when he sees it,” Garcia said.
If you’d like to sign the door for Mandela, you can do so at The Courtyard Gallery located at 1129 Decatur Street in the French Quarter.