Knysna Hope Spot world record attempt

A world record attempt to complete the world’s largest statue built underwater was recently completed in Knysna.It took professional divers, a team of SANPark rangers and willing volunteers to lift The World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture out of the swimming pool of the Turbine Hotel on Thesen Island on the Monday 13th October 2014, as a prelude to the declaration of Knysna as an International Hope Spot.

“The Knysna record breaking attempt is a prelude to the official launch of the Knysna coastline and estuary, its diverse marine life, town and inhabitants being proclaimed an official and international HOPE SPOT on the 7th – 8th of December 2014. The sculpture will bear testimony to conservation in perpetuity of the rich biodiversity of the Knysna Estuary and will be unveiled by Hope Spot architect, Dr Sylvia Earle, the most acclaimed oceanographer in the world,” Vernon Gibbs-Hall, Hope Spot launch committee chairperson said.

The entire sculpture of the iconic Knysna Seahorse was modelled completely underwater by acclaimed artist and sculptor Charles Frank and his assistant Themba Charlie. Verification and validation was confirmed by Vernon Gibbs-Halls (Eden District Municipality) who measured the sculpture 1,21m x 1,63m and weighing in at 312kg. Official authentication however, will still need to be carried out by an independent auditing firm. The sculpture still requires modelling and casting in a factory, which is due to take place in November, and then end result will be a transparent glass like seahorse with flowing multicolour rainbow colours inside. The evidence based application, forms and documentation will be sent to Guinness Book World Records.

Read more in the Knysna-Plett Herald and in R.News

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"South African Hope Spots are people-oriented conservation areas in which individuals and communities are asked to make a positive difference to their own coastal and marine environments."

Dr Tony Ribbink
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