To help usher in this year’s Welcoming of the Whales Street Festival, the corner of Gray’s Inn Road and Marine Drive at the Bluff is now home to Destiny the whale. The art piece installation was launched by Sodurba and its sponsors on Wednesday, 26 June.
Helga du Preez from Sodurba Tourism Association said the South Durban Community Tourism Association launched the Welcoming of the Whales Festival in 2017, and Robin Opperman from Umcebo Design had made a mascot for the festival.
Sodurba Community Tourism Organisation, in their ongoing commitment to promote South Durban as a premier tourism destination, in collaboration with local design consultancy, Umcebo Design officially introduced “Destiny the Whale” to the locals at this year festival.
The three-metre sculpture is the result of a major team effort by Sodurba, Umcebo Design, local business Fabricon, Eden College’s art departments, key sponsor CMH Kempster Ford South and SmartMatta, which has supplied recycled bottle tops in the specified whale colours to boost the amount of bottle tops collected by the community.
If you didn’t get a chance to meet with Destiny, she will return to Eden for their Ecofest and Art Exhibition. She will then be installed on the Bluff as a piece of public sculpture.
Thank you Robin Opperman! Big thanks to Kempster Ford Edwin Swales & Fabricon for making this happen! Our community is ever so grateful!
Robin, creative director at Umcebo Design will be making a 3m humpback whale that will be partially clad with recycled plastic bottle caps for the Welcoming of the Whales Festival for Sodurba, in partnership with Eden College. We are collecting plastic bottle caps in: dark blue; black; white; grey and purple.
For anyone who would like to donate plastic bottle caps please contact us on 0314670404.
Last year we had the privilege of showcasing this beautiful creation at the first Welcoming of the Whales Festival.