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Friday, April 3, 2009


(Pic: An example of Umcebo’s fascinating work)

Umcebo Trust out to make Guinness Book of Records.

The Umcebo Trust situated at uShaka Marine World is putting their energies into building the world’s tallest beaded tree.

“We want to build a four metre high stainless steel and glass bead tree, which will have 10,000 beaded leaves,” explains Umcebo director Robin Opperman. “The final tree will also be studded with LED lighting and it will eventually weigh ten tons. We hope that it will tour to events like Design Indaba, Chelsea Flower Show etc, before finding a permanent home in a public space, approved by its sponsor. We will then submit our portfolio of evidence to the Guinness World Record Authorities TM, for their granting it a certification, as the world’s largest beaded sculpture.

“We have prepared an animation for this project,” continues Robin, “and we are currently busy with artists’ impressions and engineering drawings and approval. These together with budgets are being forwarded to potential funders, and we hope to soon sign MOU's and start construction of this iconic piece of beadwork.”

Umcebo is appealing to the community to become involved in building the tree by offering stainless steel wire and glass beads.

“The tree is all about the community getting together and making a project like this happen,” adds Robin. “People who donate materials will be added to a list of donors, which will be fixed to the tree and travel with it, on what we think will be a hectic and global travel schedule, once it is completed.”

For more info, people can contact Robin Opperman on 083 7933408 or email: and also visit the site at and look at the tree section.

To see how the project is progressing on You, visit the Umcebo Web Site Link at and then click on "Watch Promotional Animation".

Umcebo Trust is situated at Shop B8 & B9, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Marine World - Durban Point.