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07 Feb 2013

A STUNNING work created by Ardmore sculptor Petros Gumbi, titled Abundance, has been sold to one of Ardmore’s biggest collectors in New York for an undisclosed sum.

Originally created for the Cop 17 climate change conference in Durban in 2010, the piece, which was painted by Sthabiso Hadebe, deals with Zulu culture and history, leadership, conservation, and man’s place in the world.

The uppermost tier features former President Nelson Mandela, surrounded by lions, the animal of kings.

The next tier shows leaders of a more spiritual nature: Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, and inspirational pacifist Mahatma Gandhi. They are shown with the elephant (symbol of wisdom) and the rhino (symbol of fertility) and their young, sending the message that we need to safeguard Africa’s wildlife from extinction.

The third tier sends the message that a prosperous nation needs pride, discipline and respect, and must value its heritage and culture. It depicts the Zulu king Shaka with his abundant Nguni herds.

The fourth tier is sculpted with plump maize, the healthy staple food of the nation.

Ardmore’s artists have also been chosen by Brand SA to illustrate 10 vices and 10 virtues of the South African character.

These form the Equation of South Africanness, which will be unveiled at the opening of Parliament later this month.

In the meantime Ardmore’s artists are hard at work at their base in Caversham in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, preparing for a sale to coincide with the Midmar Mile.

From this Friday to Sunday, visitors can view a range of works, including the fish sculptures of Somandla Ntshalintshali and the amphibian paintwork of Mavis Shabalala.

Ardmore is also planning an Easter show, from March 23 to 31, which will include Somandla Ntshalintshali’s bunny jugs and Betty Ntshingila’s brood of hens and chicks.

— Arts Editor.

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