The Snake Eagle Thinking Path in Matjiesfontein is the first permanent geoglyph in the Karoo Geoglyphs series. It has been designed in honour of a breeding pair of Black Chested Snake Eagles resident in the area.
The geoglyph consists of one continuous line - a footpath that leads the walker back to where they started. The peace and quiet encourages meditation while experiencing the joy of the wide open Karoo veld and endless skies.
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 snake that is the food of the eagle, but also the flow of water in the nearby river, and the air currents that keep the eagle 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 Snake Eagle Thinking Path geoglyph is 170m x 57m, and the continuous line covers a distance of 1536m. Photo Credit: Lance Foster, Fluid Films
We hope this geoglyph will attract global attention to the precarious semi-arid biome of the Karoo, encouraging visitors from all over the world to come to Matjiesfontein and walk the meander.
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