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10 Amazing AfrikaBurn Art Installations

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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AfrikaBurn is an art festival held annually in the Tankwa Karoo. Every year thousands of free spirits gather in Tankwa Town to enjoy a strong sense of community among strangers,  and gawk at enormous art installations, many of which are traditionally set on fire.  In order to build up the excitement for this year's festival, happening on 1 - 6 May 2013, we bring you our top 10 amazing AfrikaBurn art installations and how you can apply to create one. Be inspired!

Amazing AfrikaBurn Art installations

This year the theme for AfrikaBurn is Archetypes.

An artwork from AfrikaBurn 2008

Above: "The Wish"  by TNT from AfrikaBurn 2008.

Metal Dog sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2011

Above: "Uranus"   by Charl Bothma from AfrikaBurn 2011.

San Clan - a burning structure from AfrikaBurn 2012

Above: "The San Clan" by the Clan Crew (designed by Mike Rule) from AfrikaBurn 2012.

An art installation from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer

Above: "Spirit" by TNT from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

A burning heart art installation. Photographed by Gregor Rohrig.

Above: "The Heart Locket Alter" by HeartSpace. Photo by Gregor Rohrig.

A burning house sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer.

Above:"Solace" by Simon Max Bannister and the Temple Collective from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

If you are interested in creating an art installation, you first need to register. You can complete a registration form online by visiting the AfrikaBurn website: http://www.afrikaburn.com/participation-forms/register-artwork
You need to register your artwork by 28 February 2013. In this application all information about your artwork and relevant images needs to be attached.
There are also installation guidelines for artwork installation as well as burning artwork which you can read if you are thinking about making an artwork for AfrikaBurn 2013.

A sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2011 photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Above:  from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

Burning art installation from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Above: "Lizzy" by The Fatas Morgana from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Tall Rabbit structures from AfrikaBurn 2012 by Jonx Pillemer

Above: Boxing Bunnies by the Fatas Morgana from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photograph by Jonx Pillemer

Iron Man art installation from AfrikaBurn 2010. Photo by Goosebump.

Above: "The Sand Man" by Charl Bothma from AfrikaBurn 2010. Photo by Goosebump.

Guidelines for creating an AfrikaBurn Art Installation

If you're inspired to create an art installation of your own for AfrikaBurn 2013, here are 8 things to think about:

1. Interactivity

Try to create artwork which will get the whole community engaging with it.

2. Materials

It is encouraged to use recycled waste materials to make your AfrikaBurn art installation. Keep in mind that your artwork will be built in a public space. If you're planning to burn your artwork, avoid using materials that will give off toxic gases when burning. For more guidelines about burning installations, check out the burning artwork guidelines.

3. Safety

If your artwork is tall or light, make sure that it is anchored properly. This can be done by using ropes and anchor points which you can soften with rubber or foam just to make sure nobody gets hurt.

4. Lighting

Make sure your artwork is well lit at night for both safety and aesthetic reasons. This way people get to view your amazing AfrikaBurn art installation at all times of the day.

5. Set up

If your art installation is quite big,  you might want to consider coming to AfrikaBurn earlier in the week before the gates open. You can email art@afrikaburn.com for permission to arrive earlier.

6. Getting there

Remember that you’re taking your artwork installation a long distance, so keep the long stretch of dirt road in mind as well as the weighbridges. You may want to think about making the correct transport arrangements.

7. Accountability

When you leave AfrikaBurn, please make sure that none of your amazing AfrikaBurn art installation is left behind as we want to leave the beautiful Karoo the same way we found it.

8. Registration

You can register your amazing AfrikaBurn installation on their website. If art installation is registered, you will be included in the gate hand-out. Registration for AfrikaBurn art installations close on 28 February 2013. Your application needs to include all information about your artwork and images should also be attached. If you have an idea for an amazing AfrikaBurn art installation, then complete a registration form online and get ready to inspire an audience of your own.

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Shell fracking up our Karoo!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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Karoo Eastern Cape South Africa (WinCE)

Karoo farmers, communities and Environmental NGO’s  are up in arms over petrochemical giant Royal Dutch Shells recent bid to begin drilling the water-stressed Karoo in search of natural reserves of shale gas.

The company has submitted a bid to explore over 30 000 square km using a process called hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ which if it goes forth could have a seriously harmful environmental and agricultural impact and poison the already limited and dwindling Karoo water supply.

Fracking, or hydrolic fracturing occurs by drilling boreholes 4 to 5 kilometers deep into underground shale rock formations and then introducing a mixture of chemicals, sand and millions of litres of water at high pressures. This fractures the geological structures and forces a free flow of shale gas which can be harvested and turned into energy. To those of you thinking that this is great news for South Africa and will bring the petrol price down- think again! Hydraulic fracturing has already been banned in a number of  areas of the United States because of insanely harmful effects that it has on both the environment and the people. 

Chemicals used in fracking cause cancer as well as a huge host of other diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and endocrine disrupting disorders. More frightening is the very real and dangerous possibility of contaminating the ancient Karoo water reserves and not only devastating the environment but destroying the farming community in the area. It takes only 1 litre of hydrocarbon gases like shale to pollute 1 million litres of water.  

Hydraulic fracturing also requires millions of litres of water, in a semi-desert environment which has just comes out of one of the worst droughts in decades (who are these geniuses?). Fracking also produces vast volumes of flammable, toxic drilling mud which then has to be stored somewhere. Despite promises from Shell that they will take every precaution to ensure adequate Environmental Management Plans are put into place and the environmental impact is as minimal as possible people are angry and calls of protest are mounting.

The response at the public meetings held so far have been a resounding no, even though these meetings are simply a Shell PR exercise as farmers don’t have rights to minerals below their soil. Recently the DA has stood up calling for a dismissal of the project. Reuters has also announced a moratorium on future ‘fracking’ bids and exploration rights in the Karoo. We only have to glance across the pond to see the impact frack mining has had America to realise we want nothing to do with this project. Gasland, a documentary on ‘fracking’ produced and directed by Josh Fox, shows sickly livestock losing their hair and tap water which is contaminated by shale gas spewing forth in a fireball after a match is brought near it!

Is the Karoo not hot enough already? Shell has until the 18th of April to finalise the first round of its public hearings and Environmental Impact Assessments and Management Programme. We at Overlanding Africa have only one thing to say to you Shell-  you can frack right off back to Deutschland if you think South Africans are just going to let you mosy on in and destroy one of our most beautiful natural treasures! Keep Discovering

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