#ArchForArch 4: Albie Sachs on the remarkable legacy of Desmond Tutu

In the fourth episode of our video series, the former judge examines his relationship with the Arch.

Part of the Project

In honour of the installation of the Arch for the Arch – an architectural tribute to the beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Design Indaba paid visits to the places and people who have had a significant impact on the renowned freedom fighter’s legacy.

In this episode we talk to Albie Sachs, one of South Africa’s most admired anti-apartheid activists and a chief architect of the post-apartheid constitution, known for his unwavering stance in the face of injustices. A beloved figure in the consciousness of the South African public, Sachs met Tutu during his time in exile in London where the two became fast friends.

Here, the former Constitutional Court judge talks to us about the history and significance of the South African Constitution and shares with viewers his fond memories of fellowship with Tutu.

The Arch for Arch was created by Craig Dykers – co-founder of Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta – who was supported by Johannesburg-based architect Thomas Chapman of Local Studio, completed with the generous help of Design Indaba sponsor, Liberty.

Consisting of 14 arched beams of wood – each strand representing a line from the South African Constitution’s preamble – the Arch serves as a reminder of the founding principles on which the country is built and as a monument to Tutu’s lifelong fight for equality for all.

Installed near St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town and launched on 7 October 2017 to coincide with Tutu’s 86th birthday, a second, smaller version will be installed at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on 10 December 2017 to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the South African Constitution. 

Be sure to watch episodes one, two and three of the #ArchForArch series to learn more about this remarkable project.