Kranshoek Land Art progress

On the 28th May 2011 the Eden to Addo Land Art Route will officially launch with the unveiling of the first site in this incredible conservation and land art project at Kranshoek community on the South Cape coast.

The piece created by innovative sculptor and land artist Simon Max Bannister is a testament to the important role art can play in conveying a conservation message while being a medium for connecting communities and diverse landowners in the Eden to Addo biodiversity corridor.

This land art sculpture marks the launch and start point of the Eden to Addo Land Art Route and is also the highlight of the Site Specific Land Art event in Plettenberg Bay.

Funding for the art work was made possible by Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative and by Mr Chris von Christierson, a landowner in the Eden to Addo Robberg Corridor.

The Piece was conceptualized and created by artist Simon Max Bannister with construction assistance from the local stonemasons of the Kranshoek community, on whose land the sculpture is situated. Machinery used in moving was kindly sponsored by Seaview Enterprises.

An exciting coastal trail passes the sculpture and leads down to the ocean, for a guide and permission to access the site please contact the Kranshoek community.

working with some locals, we have defined pathways leading to the site using the local stone lying all around. The fynbos here is prolific, with some beautiful sunbirds visiting often.

Clearing the site of litter, 2 bakkie loads of broken glass, plastics, and building rubble... I think its great how this project is turning this neglected space around. The transformation has begun...

Late that afternoon describing the new position of the stones with much concern of safety and potentially losing the boulders down the cliff by accident.

I also employed some guys that have experience with cutting the stone, to assist with making any needed adaptions to help the pieces fit. One of the older guys, actually was born and grew up in the closest house to the site, I like to think how special it is that he is involved in helping to remake his childhood backyard.

One of the most unusual locations for a boardroom logistics meetings... Heather Greig and Anni Snyman have been wonderful in organizing this event, involving many local people, bring the best of what people can offer to the occasion. This coming Saturday, the 28th, will mark the unveiling of the all the works around town, including my own.

Here are some rather exhilarating moments working with the excavator to move and place the stones in their new positions. Thanks goes to Anja for these great captures.