A highlight on the calendar, the 3rd edition of Spier Light Art is currently on at Spier Wine Farm, just outside of Stellenbosch. Open from 19 March – 18 April it is definitely not to be missed – it’s also on the top 10 things to do according to Stellenbosch Visio.
The curators are Jay Pather and Vaughn Sadie, who amidst the Covid pandemic, wanted to focus on the elements that unite us in this difficult time – which is our need for light and lightness.
The variety of works have different focuses, such as dealing with beauty and play or even with the difficulties of the pandemic. The works are also inspired to create positive social and environmental change, as per Spier’s Growing for Good initiative.
With 26 art installations dotted around the farm, there are many to choose from. The various art installations include the following:
- Egbert Westra’s Lume: A fun interactive installation featuring a phosphorescent screen and a light painting robot. Here visitors can use their phone’s flashlight to create images on the screen with the help of the light painting robot named Lucy.
- The Willow Collective’s The Singing Tree: Another interactive installation, here visitors’ position in relation to the tree causes the music and lights to change as they move around the tree. It is a mixture of music, light and technology.
- Georgia Munnik’s How Do You Mourn? : Focusing on the impact of climate change, Munnik’s sculptures invite visitors to stop and reflect.
Another highlight is the We See Change Screen, where visitors can go to www.weseechange.co.za and enter a message that is then projected on the screen. The aim of this interactive art project is asking the question,
“Do our words have the power to influence change?”
There are also “songsmith” (The Great Karoo) sculptures by Jenna Burchell, where moving your hand around the sculpture elicits a specific sound.
In order to comply with Covid-regulations, visitors need to book a time slot via Dineplan. Slots are available from 18:30 – 21:00.
There are various options for dinner on the farm – visit the restaurant, head over to Vadas or order a picnic basket.
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Written by C Knoesen