Renovations, Walls and Floors

Wall of Hope

The spectacular pop-up sculpture in Melrose Arch’s Piazza is both a literal and figurative message of hope. From ground level the snaking structure appears to be a maze, but seen from above, the Wall of Hope, which is made up of 5 500 child-like figures, spells out the word Hope. The initiative aims to highlight the plight of child hunger, while raising funds for the worthy cause. Like poignant moneyboxes, each of the figures has an empty belly, through which visitors can drop R2 coins. This way, KFC, who is behind the initiative, is allowing donors to see exactly where their money is going and what a difference they are making. South African artist Willem Boshoff advised on the design of the project, while architect Craig Mcclenaghan and steel sculptor Marco Cianfanelli helped with its implementation. The final sculpture stands at an impressive 1,8m high and 115 meters long, and is most spectacular seen at night, when it is lit up by LED lights. Even after the installation comes down this week, it is still possible to donate, as KFC’s Add Hope initiative raises funds all year round. Donations can be made at or in KFC stores. You can also donate R10 by SMSing the word HOPE to 38976 until mid-November. Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure