SA tourist hot spot home to largest sculpture created underwater

2014-10-17 09:32
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Cape Town - At 1.21m by 1.63m with a weight of 312kg, a large sculpture of a sea horse that was modelled entirely underwater has been unveiled in Knysna.

The Knysna-Plett Herald reports that the sculpture of the iconic Knysna seahorse was created by artist, Charles Frank and his assistant, Themba Charlie in the pool of the Turbine Hotel on Thesen Island in the popular Garden Route town.

As a prelude to the Knysna Estuary being officially declared an international 'Hope Spot' early in December, the delicately formed sculpture, which has been named Anoeschka, was lifted out of the pool earlier this week and unveiled at the Turbine Hotel as part of an exhibition on Thursday.

Earlier this year, SANParks announced that Knysna was in the running to be counted among other places that are critical to the health of the ocean around the globe, which have been declared Hope Spots.  

The prospective Hope Spot in Knysna includes the estuary, which is home to the endemic and endangered Knysna Seahorse.  

Following the exhibition, Anoeschka will be taken to a factory for final modelling and casting, with the expected end result being a transparent glass-like seahorse with flowing multicolour rainbow colours inside.

There is no cover charge for the exhibition, so be sure to go check it out if you are in the area this weekend!

Frank was commissioned by the Eden District Municipality to undertake this massive project as part of an effort to create awareness of conservation issues and expressed his hope that this will just be the first of many water-based events in Knysna. 

Interestingly, while Anoeschka was being fished out of the water on Thursday, an even larger sculpture was being lowered into the ocean off the coast of New Provence in the Bahamas earlier this week. 

The five-meter high statue of female Atlas, kneeling down was created by artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, who is known for the 500 life-sized sculptures found in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.

Check out this footage of the amazing process to lower the sculpture:


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