Unveiling of ‘Calling the herd’ by Strijdom van der Merwe (SITE SPECIFIC)

This sculpture is the second in the planned land art walk forming part of the Eden to Addo hike.

Why a tree?

Strijdom attended a residenchy in Japan where he saw people hugging trees 1000s of years old. He asked why. Their response was that they hold a vast history and that when they hug them the trees whisper wise words to them.

Certain trees can also ‘talk’ to one another. When an animal eats the leaves of one tree, the tree can warn other trees and they close their leaves.

Why a trumpet?

It is important to call the elephants back to the area. By blowing on one of the 5-6 nozzles at the bottom, a trumpet sound echoes through the area.





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