A well-recognised floating statue on Cape Town’s Black river now has a new base made of recycled polystyrene mixed with a special cement aggregate.

The Hope statue is a symbol of pollution-free rivers and oceans, says its creator Fred du Preez, who adds that ‘the fact that litter that possibly could have ended up in our oceans has been put to good use to create a new floating base for Hope, makes this whole initiative so much more impactful and poignant’.

Around 10 kg of recycled polystyrene beads were used to create the base, and although relatively small and lightweight, it is strong enough to withstand a load of 500 kg.

According to the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, ‘the same special polystyrene and cement mixture that was used for the base is widely used throughout South Africa for building and construction projects, ranging from low-cost housing to designer homes and shopping malls’. Du Preez adds that plans are under way to build ‘a new, bigger Hope statue that will be double in size and incorporate even more recycled elements’.

Image: K-Leigh Siebritz/Highbury Media

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