Artwork in support of the communities at the forefront of protecting the biomes of vast stretches of arid landscape in Southern Africa.
Plans are underway to create two more geoglyphs in 2016
- the rare feral Namib Desert Horse near AUS in Namibia.
2016 : Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path
Loxton, the Karoo
The Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path is a combined drawing of the highly endangered Riverine Rabbit and the very persecuted Black-Backed Jackel, both Karoo residents. This geoglyph is created in their honour.
- 19-29 May 2016 facebook event
- the endangered Riverine Rabbit
- the persecuted Black-Backed Jackel
- (info under construction)
2015 & 2016 : Dis Tyd (It's Time) music tour
The Karoo Geoglyph project grew out of Eugenie Grobler and Anni Snyman’s Creative Disobedience conversations of 2008. Although the making of the geoglyphs falls within the discipline of visual art, Eugenie has been an integral part of the journey - holding the creative space on many levels: in conversation, in imagination, through developing ritual and providing symbolic context and meaning for many people encountering the work. Her singer-songwriter performance at the launch of the Snake Eagle Thinking Path in 2015 was a culmination of more than a decade of collaboration. Eugenie’s song forms the sound track to the video of the Matjiesfontein launch and also marks the beginning of her tour: Dis Tyd.
2015 : Snake Eagle Thinking Path
Matjiesfontein, -33.229778, 20.578060
The Snake Eagle karoo geoglyph was completed at Matjiesfontein in 2015, and went live on Google Earth by 27 February 2016.
The Snake Eagle Thinking Path (meander) in Matjiesfontein is the first permanent geoglyph we have made. It is in honour of a breeding pair of Black Chested Snake Eagles resident in the area. We hope that the geoglyph will attract global attention via Google Earth to the precarious semi-arid biome of the Karoo, encouraging tourists to visit the town of Matjiesfontein and walk the meander.
The geoglyph consists of one continuous line - a footpath that leads the walker back to where s/he started, allowing the experience of wide open karoo veld and sky to soak in.
The Snake Eagle drawing celebrates the unity of specie and habitat. The heart of the eagle is formed by two intertwining shapes that symbolise not only the food of the eagle, but also the flow of water in the nearby river, and the air currents that keep it aloft. It is impossible to split the essence of an eagle from the wide expanse of sky that it inhabits, nor should a snake be imagined without the ground, vegetation and water of its home.
Tip to tip the drawing is 170m x 57m, and the continuous line covers a distance of 1536m. It was created by volunteers and friends of Site_Specific Art between September 2014 and February 2015. Made possible by the generous support of the Lord Milner Hotel, ClemenGold and Umvoto as well as every volunteer’s time, energy, passion and hard work. Aerial images created by Lance Foster of Fluid Films.
Meditations for the Snake Eagle Thinking Path
Earth is a living, breathing system that is susceptible to the intentions we impose. To engage our best intentions, we invite you to write a personal meditation to, or for, the Snake Eagle Thinking Path as a symbol of one of earth's countless living systems. Once we’ve received a sizeable collection, we will find a way to publish our favourite meditations, offering them to those who come to walk the path.
- Facebook event page (scrapbook)
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path video clip PART I
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path video clip PART II
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path video clip PART III (interviews)
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path video September 2015 LAUNCH (featuring Eugenie Grobler)
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path BLOG (by Pauline Froschauer)
- Snake Eagle Thinking Path video at TEDxEuston 2015 (#DontFrackTheKaroo)
- Snake Eagle info
- PRESS KIT
Site_Specific wishes to thank the following people for their support and participation in our Karoo Geoglyphs ‘Snake Eagle Thinking Path’ project in Matjiesfontein:
- The Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein (Johan Dippenaar and John O'Reilly)
- Umvoto hydrogeologists (Chris Hartnady and Rowena Hay)
- ClemenGold (Abs van Rooyen, Michelle Kruger and Melanie van der Merwe)
- Outreach Foundation/ Boitumelo (Erica Lüttich)
- Matjiesfontein community members (path construction and craft projects)
The Site_Specific collective (artists, volunteers, supporters, participants)
- Anni Snyman (Karoo Geoglyphs artist and project facilitator)
- Andrew van der Merwe (land artist, beach calligrapher)
- Beverley Gough (music promotor)
- Bridget Foster (musician)
- Bryan Hansen (community project facilitator and artist)
- Cally Henderson (scientist, consultant)
- Cha Davenport (artist and designer)
- Chris Reinders (writer and publisher)
- Di Koch (creative educator and facilitator)
- Erica Lüttich (community projects facilitator and artist)
- Erynne Ewart-Phipps (land artist)
- Eugenie Grobler (musician)
- Gordon Froud (sculptor, curator and educator)
- Heather Greig (art and design projects events co-ordinator)
- Ingrid Schöfmann (designer)
- Janet Botes (land artist and designer)
- Janet Ranson (artist)
- Jessie Doucha (artist)
- katty vandenberghe (digital media artist and designer)
- Lance Foster (Fluid Films, aerial documentation)
- Louise du Toit (philosopher and educator)
- Mirella Bandini (artist and designer)
- Pauline Froschauer (city transport infrastructure consultant and writer)
- PC Janse van Rensburg (architect and artist)
- Strijdom van der Merwe (land artist and co-founder of Site_Specific)
- Terry De Vries (labyrinth artist, complimentary health and wellness therapist)
- Tessa Kruger (writer, editor, journalist)
Footage (documentation & social media videos)
- Fluid Films
- Aerial Pictures SA
- Human Being Pictures
- End Game Media
- [•]squareDot Media
2012 : Riverine Rabbit, Richmond
In October 2012 the team headed for the Richmond book festival, drawing out a small symbolic meander of the endangered Riverine Rabbit in the hope of actualising a large permanent version somewhere in the Karoo.
2009 : Earth Siren, Tankwa
In 2009 Anni Snyman & friends headed for the Tankwa AfrikaBurn event where they mapped out a large land art drawing of the Earth Siren meander, inviting Burners to walk it and contemplate the dire need for intervention in how we approach and treat our only home - earth. The Earth Siren was an alarm call, and the hope was to create a permanent version of her in the Karoo to call attention to the environmentally destructive development projects unfolding there.