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The swarm of 1000 locusts dipped in clear resin is available upon request. Installation will have to be done by the artist.
The Wildebeest and the swarm of African Migratory locusts is a succession study of humanity’s relationship with nature. Locusts eat the same amount of grass per body weight as wildebeest. A swarm consumes as much of a crop as a fire does.

“Both of these organisms have life-histories at odds with how people use landscapes: our oppressive management of locust swarms, and the Wildebeest migrations which have been carved up by fences.” Prof. Sally Archibald.

This body of work shares the knowledge gathered from parallel arts and science projects on the same studies and the same piece of land. It explores how we can become ‘earthbound’, in the vision of Bruno Latour, and inspire innovative ways to live sustainably within natural systems, as opposed to attempting to suppress or manipulate them.

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This swarm was bred and studied by Wits Scientists in the 1960s. After being present at the Locust and Grasshopper #Firegrazer performance at Nirox in 2017, the current curator of the AP&ES Museum, James Harrison made it available to the artist to repurpose into an artwork.

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The artwork was originally prepared as an installation piece with the swarm of 1000 locusts dipped in resin. This can be installed in various formations depending on where it settles. Contact the artist for installation discussion and additional costs to do so. The price here is only for the Wildebeest
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Wildebeest and African Migratory Locust swarm Sculpture

Hannelie Coetzee

South Africa

Sculpture, Wood on Wood

Size: 629.9 W x 393.7 H x 196.9 D in

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The Wildebeest and the swarm of African Migratory locusts is a succession study of humanity’s relationship with nature. Locusts eat the same amount of grass per body weight as wildebeest. A swarm consumes as much of a crop as a fire does. “Both of these organisms have life-histories at odds with how people use landscapes: our oppressive management of locust swarms, and the Wildebeest migrations which have been carved up by fences.” Prof. Sally Archibald. This body of work shares the knowledge gathered from parallel arts and science projects on the same studies and the same piece of land. It explores how we can become ‘earthbound’, in the vision of Bruno Latour, and inspire innovative ways to live sustainably within natural systems, as opposed to attempting to suppress or manipulate them. Disclosure This swarm was bred and studied by Wits Scientists in the 1960s. After being present at the Locust and Grasshopper #Firegrazer performance at Nirox in 2017, the current curator of the AP&ES Museum, James Harrison made it available to the artist to repurpose into an artwork. Installation detail. The artwork was originally prepared as an installation piece with the swarm of 1000 locusts dipped in resin. This can be installed in various formations depending on where it settles. Contact the artist for installation discussion and additional costs to do so. The price here is only for the Wildebeest

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Sculpture:Wood on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:629.9 W x 393.7 H x 196.9 D in

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My works are often made from industry waste, such as mining core, mainly to reduce my environmental footprint, and to a lesser extent because of limited capital. When making site specific work, I engage with the public moving through that space to ensure the work has meaning and participatory capacity for them. This practice, along with my concern for the environment, has led me to make work that has an actual impact on the environment. PUBLICATIONS: Report on the Anthropocene Visioning Workshop, 15-18 November 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. GRAID project workshop. Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Authors: Hamann M., Biggs R., Pereira L., Preiser R., Hichert T., Merrie A., Cloete D., Poskitt S., Loubser G., Salley R., Blanchard R., Coetzee H., Fioramonti L., Gomera M., Hermanus L., Johnson G., Johnson L., Karakashian A., Khan Z., King N., Mannetti L., Mbete S., Moteane S., Mthembi F., Mumba M., Nilsson W., Nkontwana P., Odendaal P., Sanchez Betancourt D., Shimahara E., Xaba N., Ziervogel G. This report should be cited as: CST-GRAID. 2017. Climate and Art WMO BULLETIN 67 pg 41-51 By Erica Allis , Coleen Vogel , Hannelie Coetzee , Michelle Rogers AWARDS, Invitations & GRANTS RECEIVED 2018 Johannesburg City Transformation & Development Agency invitation to attend the Portland Oregon Eco Disctricts Workshop invitation to develop green corridors through Public art with the artists collective of active citizens, Water for The Future (NPC 2018). 2017 South Africa Trade and Industry funding to scientifically research and develop a new patented innovation public art vertical gardens at NMMU to show the new Wild Wall Tile technology invented by the artist. 2017 University of Stellenbosch Complex Studies Department and Stockholm Resilience Institute’s Anthropocene resilience development colloquium, presenting Eland and Benko 2015 as an example of how arts and science mutually benefit through partnership. 8-9 May in Johannesburg. 2016 (BASA) Business and Arts South Africa small business award with Kirchhoff Surveyors for Eland and Benko, Nirox Sculpture Park 2015. 2016 University of Stellenbosch Complex studies department and Stockholm Resilience Institute’s Anthropocene scenario workshop to imagine a better future. 2016 Clare and Eduardo Villa Grant new sculpture, Glinsterjuffertjie, 2016 for Nirox Winter show co-curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Helen Pheby.

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