When you visit Durban’s famous beaches and witness the amazing life-like 3d sand sculptures, chances are they were created by a humble, black South African from Mpumalanga.
Lucas Mahlangu took the long trip from Mpumalanga to Durban in search of work to provide for his family.
Upon arrival, he discovered that jobs were much harder to come by than he initially thought.
One day in 2006, he visited 1 of Durban’s beaches and was filled with inspiration after watching people play with the beach sand as they created basic sandcastles and drawings.
His magnificent sculptures serve as a stunning backdrop to the Durban shore.
As reported by Beautiful News SA, one sculpture takes up to 6 days to complete.
He is also at the mercy of the elements as strong winds and rain can wreak havoc.
A passionate Mahlangu describes his work as a labour of love.
He also says, “Building these sculptures has taught me that nothing is permanent, but it is possible to create something beautiful every day.”
Mahlangu’s hard work, creativity and fighting spirit have helped him overcome unemployment and add extra value to the Durban coastline.
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