Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cool Capital | Pretoria Environmental Art Project

Leon Nigrini's enclosure projects on the Tina Skukan Gallery grounds, where Site_Specific / Cool Capital held their first Nature Art Workshop to launch the Environmental Art Project.

Izanne Wiid, Sybrand Wiechers, Jessie Doucha and Riana Willemse are activating a clean up project at the experimental farm in Soutpansberg road which has recently been vacated by the Agricultural Research Council. Come along on 27 July at 12h00, and be part of this pro-active project.

Get involved!

28 JUNE - 28 AUGUST 2014
Artists and nature lovers are invited to activate environmental art projects around the city and its metropolitan areas as individuals or in collaboration with other artists/ nature lovers/ interested parties.

Read about Cool Capital on the Site_Specific website

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monthly Cape Land Art session - JUNE:Tokai

For the past three months, artists have been meeting once a month in a different location close to Cape Town. For the June gathering 10 artists met in Tokai Forest to create temporary site-specific pieces. 

June Artists:
Janet Botes, Janet Ranson, Cheryl Traub Adler, Andrew van der Merwe, Andrée Bonthuys, Robert Bolus, Chris Lochner, Nina Faasen and Klara-Marie Den Heijer

Chris Lochner used large, elongated pieces of bark (which he mostly had to create through breaking the bark into these tall figures), stuck into the bark - part of the work submerged in the stream.

One of the works that Andrée Bonthuys created, using flowers and thorns, on a tree stump.

Janet Ranson explains her process and thinking behind her quirky dominoes - bringing a playful element into the roadbuilding activities next to the plantations, and using manmade and natural materials together effectively.

Circle in a fence, created from fern leaves by Janet Ranson.

Wattle branches were used to create these arches, by Nina Faasen and Klara-Marie Den Heijer

Andrew van Merwe, known for his beach calligraphy, wrote 'cliché's' onto an abandoned concrete pillar with mud, using his forefinger as brush or pen. Here he shows and explains to his fellow artists how he had to adapt the direction of the strokes that form his letters to suit this new 'medium'.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Janet Ranson, Witsands, Western Cape

Hokusai's Wave by Janet Ranson, on Witsands Beach during the second land art gathering organized for 18 May 2014, by Site_Specific artists in the Western Cape.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Land Art Walk: Hermanus

Land Art Walk: Hermanus

On the southern coastline of South Africa, a diverse landscape of natural beauty awaits. Join a guided ecological and creative experience over three days.

In conjunction with the Hermanus Fynarts Festival
Artist, Simon Max Bannister along with Galeo Saintz have envisioned an exciting methodology of walking and creating. Traversing different biomes, participant are introduced and coached in the practice of land art. This sensitive and fascinating way of engaging with nature brings insight into the ecological processes at work and inspires new ways of seeing. Participants are picked up in the mornings and taken to different beautiful areas around Hermanus. The walking is easy and achievable for all ages.

13 June: Estuary and Beach (next to Piet se Bos).
Spend a day bare feet in the warm water learning about the delicate ecology of the Estuary. Interpret a bird's life by nest making while reflecting on the ever shifting waters of this dynamic biome. The beach beckons and beholds the treasures of the ocean, learn to read the cryptic signs of currents and collaborate in their story telling. Creating ephemeral sculpture with site specific materials we sensitively co create with the environment. This is a very easy walk of not more than 5 km, tea and lunch provided, 8h30 to 17h00.

14 June: Milkwood coastal forest (inside Piet se Bos Park). 
In the dappled light of this meandering coastal forest, we will tangibly experience how the branches have created this cathedral and then go on to co-create with them. Learn about the techniques of making ephemeral eco-conscious land art while creating works of your own. This free flowing yet structured guided experience will enhance your ways of seeing nature and appreciating it. We will then creatively photograph our creations to make stunning images. This is a very easy walk of not more than 5 km, tea and lunch provided, 8h30 to 17h00.

15 June: Along the Rocky Coastline from Piet se Bos to the Harbour.
The rocky coastline offers the dramatic scenery of Hermanus' cliffs to accompany the making of land art. Walking the meandering pathway as it twists and turn through the landscape we will discover coves and outcrops that become the canvas of our ephemeral art works. By picking up the story of the coastline's treasures we draw from our natural instinct to create with stones, driftwood and shells. This is a very easy walk of not more than7 km, tea and lunch provided, 8h30 to 17h00. All creations will be beautifully photographed and available for download.

Date: Sunday 15 June at 18:00
Tickets R60  Scholars R30  Early Bird R50
Venue: Windsor Hotel (Hermanus Central)
Simon will do a presentation of the artworks created by festival-goers on three days of walking in three different biomes within 5km of Hermanus. Simon will also talk about his experiences and approach to Land Art.

Dates: 13, 14 and 15 June  from 08:30 - 16:00

Tickets R2000 per day includes lunch and transport
Meeting place: Info Kiosk, Old Harbour 


If you would like to find out more and walk with us as we explore the 
interactive capacity land art has to increase our understanding of nature, 
ecology and the creative spirit, then please get in contact.

Exploring Land Art Video Explanation

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