Mandela, A Great Stone Face

The exterior of New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine already displays limestone carvings of Moses and Abraham Lincoln. Next year Nelson Mandela will join this distinguished historic company-along with a carving of a Zulu warrior in combat with a dragon (symbolizing apartheid). The stonecutters and carvers who are working on the cathedral decided to include Mandela while the leader of black South Africa was still in Victor Verster prison farm, long before his U.S. visit. The Mandela carving, which was executed by Emmanuel Fourchet,24, will be installed on the cathedral's south tower--facing Harlem.