How might we understand the Voortrekker Monument and its frieze? As a monument or memorial? As a product of history or as an intervention in history? As (public) art? What lessons can we learn from the well-documented evolution of structure and frieze in this age of ‘monument wars’? How differently does this monument – and perhaps all monuments – look when we are able to trace the phases from its inception to its twenty-first-century survival amid changed politics and aesthetics?

While the two volumes of From Memory to Marble provide sustained answers to such questions, this curated feature is intended to open up discussion by soliciting commentary from various perspectives. If you wish to contribute to this debate, please contact Elizabeth Rankin, Rolf Schneider or Grant Parker.