Mandela Way T-34 Tank

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The Mandela Way Tank in February 2016

The Mandela Way T-34 Tank is a tank located on a small piece of scrubland on the corner of Mandela Way and Pages Walk in Bermondsey, London, England.[1] The tank is a decommissioned Soviet built T-34-85 battle tank.

It is a former Czech army tank that was used in the filming of Richard III (1995). On completion of the film, it was bought in 1995 by Russell Gray, who lives nearby, for £7,000. He then installed it in its current location.[2] The tank was the subject of a work by Cubitt Artists and Aleksandra Mir who painted it pink in 2002.[3] It has since been repainted by artists (and also graffitied) many times.

Similar graffitied tanks[edit]

There are also T-64 and T-72 tanks that have been graffitied in a hippie manner at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Kiev, Ukraine.[citation needed]

The Monument to Soviet tank crews was a memorial located in Prague, Czech Republic, made up of an IS-2m tank on a pedestal. In 1991, the artist David Cerny painted the tank pink and hoisted a large middle finger over the turret in protest against the controversial monument. The monument was later removed and the tank is now stored at a military museum, painted pink.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Stompie: the Mandela Way T-34 Tank". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Mandela Way T-34 Tank, Sean Spurr,, Accessed 5 August 2012
  3. ^ Gibbs, Jonathan (2 November 2003). "Talk of the Town: Pink Tank". The Independent on Sunday. 

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Coordinates: 51°29.579′N 000°04.962′W / 51.492983°N 0.082700°W / 51.492983; -0.082700