Named #AFishNamedFaithful and created from up-cycled plastic and repurposed materials, the 5m-wide and 2.5m-high wire-mesh fish-sculpture was unveiled yesterday at the Flagpole Terrace overlooking Quay 5.
Designed and created by the Langa-based non-profit organisation “Our Workshop Project”, Faithful’s construction was commissioned by online eco-lifestyle and health retailer Faith to Nature, as part of its “Plastic-Free July” campaign urging people to not use plastic.
Inviting the public to the unveiling to dump their plastic waste into Faithful’s mouth - filling its belly and highlighting how much of the public’s plastic waste ends up in the stomachs of marine life - Faith to Nature’s chief executive, Katrien Grobler, said: “Faithful is here to collect plastic, so that it does not end up in the oceans and in the stomachs of Faithful’s friends.
“Every year up to 12 million metric tons of plastic land up in our oceans. We as humans have managed to dump the equivalent of the weight of 60 000 blue whales in plastic into the ocean.”