The Mandela Way T-34 Tank is located on a small piece of scrubland on the corner of Mandela Way and Pages Walk in Bermondsey, London. The tank is a decommissioned Soviet T-34-85 battle tank.
It is a former Czech army tank that was used in the filming of Richard III (1995). It was bought in 1995 by Russell Gray, who lives nearby, for £7,000 then installed in its current location. The tank was the subject of a work by Cubitt Artists and Aleksandra Mir who painted it pink in 2002. It has since been repainted by artists (and also graffitied) many times. In 2009 a company called Graffiti4hire transformed the tank's livery into that of a yellow cab. As of 2014[update] it is painted with yellow and black stripes with a Remembrance poppy design on the turret.
The T-34 tank's original a military green colour
The tank painted pink in 2002
Black and cream, swirling design, December 2008
Post-2009 design influenced by American-style taxi cabs.
The Monument to Soviet tank crews was a memorial located in Prague made up of an IS-2m tank on a pedestal. In 1991 artist David Cerny painted the tank pink and hoisted a large middle finger over the turret to protest the controversial monument. The monument was later removed and the tank is now stored at a military museum, painted pink.