Sunday, 30 August 2015

Cally Henderson - finding endangered species

Because It Connects The Dots!

Cally Henderson is an environmentalist who has travelled extensively in Africa. Site_Specific stimulated her interest in land art and she participated in the Plettenberg Bay Land Art Biennale, Jozi Land Art,  Aardklop in Potchefstroom, and then, of course, the Snake Eagle Thinking Path in Matjiesfontein. What does this latest Site_Specific project mean to Cally?

“The Snake Eagle Thinking Path connects the dots of beauty, emotion and scientific understanding. It creates beauty that enhances the environment and does not countermand it. If there is any region that is unique to South Africa, it is the Karoo: there is no place quite like it anywhere else on the planet. This project presents poetically a far more powerful plea for preserving the Karoo than any number of consultant’s reports.

“While I was in Matjiesfontein I took lots of photos, strung a few survey lines, found interesting plants and identified one rare and endangered species near the eye of the Eagle - which of course we were very careful not to harm. I also drank a lot of wine and sang with the pianist in the bar….”

Cally enjoying the Matjiesfontein London red bus!

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