Knysna-Plett Herald

That good whale named Sindi

- Yolande Stander

PLETTENBER­G BAY - Plett's latest recycling project, a massive whale sculpture that doubles as a recycling receptacle, officially has a name: Sindi.

The Nature's Valley Trust gave Bitou youngsters the opportunit­y to name the sculpture which was recently assembled on Central Beach.

The young man that came up with the name is Plettenber­g Bay Primary School learner Camran Buttle. The name was inspired by the Xhosa name "Sindisa" which means "save" therefore "Save the Whale". Camran now not only has bragging rights, but also won a boat trip with Ocean Blue Adventures.

The project, part of the Nature's Valley Trust small grants programme, was started by local Fran Molloy. Molloy and local artist Derek Saul have created something not only beautiful to behold but also thought-provoking and functional for the community.

The sculpture was made to increase awareness of the global issue of plastic pollution and marine litter problems by providing a practical solution.

It is made of galvanised steel, recycled tyres, a range of marine debris such as lobster traps, and fishing-related items like rope and netting, and it houses a wheelie dustbin that can be removed for emptying.

The sculpture stands almost 2,6m tall and is roughly 1,8m wide. It sits on a "selfie bench" on the walkway to the beach. If one looks into the sculpture, you will also find elements of common plastic items that pollute the waters, other marine debris, and fish traps from the sea.

This sculpture offers a practical solution to dumping waste on the coastline in an interactiv­e way that educates people on plastic pollution. The visceral act of putting "trash" into a whale's mouth really drives the message home.

The name was announced by the NVT on Spring Day last week.

 ??  ?? Meet Sindi, Plett’s rubbish-gobbling whale sculpture.
Meet Sindi, Plett’s rubbish-gobbling whale sculpture.

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