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Sunday, November 13, 2016


(Robin Opperman)

Recreating the nostalgia of Christmas, an enormous 12.5m high custom-made Christmas tree to be enjoyed by the Durban public, has been commissioned by SPAR and will be erected at the entrance to uShaka Marine World in time for Christmas.

To complement the tree, and continue the marine theme of uShaka, a selection of beautiful sea creatures will form a self-standing installation around the tree.

Project Manager Karen Haynes has roped in the city’s best to design and make the tree and marine art-work: Nevon Singh from Magic Lighting in Montclair will design and manufacture the illuminated tree; and fantasy sea creatures will be made by Robin Opperman, Ujala Sewpersad and their team from Umcebo Design.

We are delighted that SPAR is making such a magnanimous gesture. We are thrilled to be part of such an affirming project, says Haynes.