materials used: honey, beeswax, pencil, pen and ink
The Greatest Shoal on Earth is a public artwork in the Durban Botanical Gardens.
It is a sculpture made from a massive tree trunk about the annual sardine run that happens on South Africa’s east coast every winter. Over the past few years the sardine shoals have diminished in volume and consistency. The sea has become too warm for them. The sardine run is akin to the Serengeti Wildebeest migration, an awesome marine spectacle because of the sheer volume of wildlife that feed off these fish – whales, sharks, dolphins, birds, game fish and, of course, people. This sculpture is intended to motivate people to do something to protect our oceans and ensure the survival of the sardine run, and all other amazing ocean spectacles.