Whale of Hope

Whale of Hope Voyage of Discovery celebrates Ardmore founder Fee Halsted’s 60th year and her travels with Ardmore across the globe. Her grandparents travelled to Southern Africa from England and Holland and the whale symbolises the ships that brought them to the Cape of Good Hope. Fee marvels at all the rich and rare Southern African fauna and flora that has been a source of great inspiration to her and the Ardmore Artists. The Balloon is not only a symbol for voyage and discovery but also a signifier of rescue and an awareness of those animals that need our attention. This magnificent sperm whale, sculpted by Sbusiso Ndaba, is transporting fish, Coelacanths and Hammerhead sharks to safety. Coelacanth were discovered off the coast in East London in 1938 after they were believed to have been extinct. The mermaids symbolise the role we must play in being conscious of the plight of our ocean and sea life. Siyabonga Mbaso has adorned this sculpture in glorious colour, adding hope, gratitude and joyous celebration to our ancestors for making Southern Africa our home.

Height: 67cm / Width: 20cm / Depth/Length: 57cm

    • Sbusiso Ndaba
    • Sbusiso Ndaba
      - Sculptor

      Sbusiso was born on the 15th of March, 1984. Sbusiso, the Zulu word for ‘Blessing’, is the son of Betty Ntshingila, one of Ardmore’s famous sculptors at Ardmore. After finishing grade 7 at Mountain View School, he was encouraged to join Ardmore in 2000 by ... read more

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    • Siyabonga Mabaso
    • Siyabonga Mabaso
      - Painter

      Siyabonga Mabaso was born in 1985 in the KZN Midlands town of Mooi River and completed his education in 2006. Having studied art while at school, he had an impressive portfolio of drawings and paintings when he met Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art. Fée ... read more

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