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Elephant Art
In the game reserves of the Lowveld Sabi Sand, there are many Marula trees that bare the mark of the African elephant. I have noticed something quite unusual about these sometimes brutal gashes in the trunk of the trees… By using their tusks, I believe the ...
In the game reserves of the Lowveld Sabi Sand, there are many Marula trees that bare the mark of the African elephant. I have noticed something quite unusual about these sometimes brutal gashes in the trunk of the trees… By u...
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Walking with Art
Stand on this beautiful sand bank at the Kosi Bay river mouth and with the expert guidance of land artist Simon Max Bannister and conservationist Galeo Saintz, be part of creating something unique and once-off with nature.  We’ve all done it, strolled along...
Stand on this beautiful sand bank at the Kosi Bay river mouth and with the expert guidance of land artist Simon Max Bannister and conservationist Galeo Saintz, be part of creating something unique and once-off with nature.  ...
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Using only our hands as tools and what we sensitively gathered from the ground, we practiced a very pure form of land art that really applies limitation and lateral thinking. It leaves a delicate trace of our human understanding in the wilderness, where it can decay, grow, move and transform. 
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Burning the Temple
"The Offering" was an investigation into the architecture of spirituality.  The temple space within the AfrikaBurn is dedicated to the process of transfiguration, to life and to love. It is for those that need sacred solace, for those that search for a sacr...
"The Offering" was an investigation into the architecture of spirituality. The temple space within the AfrikaBurn is dedicated to the process of transfiguration, to life and to love. It is for those that need sacred solace, f...
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Great stuff Simon!  We need endeavors such as this to nurture kindness and compassion to all we share this world with.  And to feel and share the gratitude for what has been bestowed upon us  by the designer and creator.
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Simon Max Bannister is a South African visual artist practicing sculpture in the field of land art. He is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of our challenging times.He has realized multiple private commissions, works for wine estates, game reserves and educational facilities. Simon Max Bannister has participated in events such as Infecting the City, Site_Specific, Afrika Burns, the South African National Arts Festival and was recently awarded Wildlife Artist of the year by the David Shepherd foundation.

 

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Sight, insight, instinct, intuition … these are the tools of the animal.
Nature is the muse, nature is the material, nature is the canvas.

I work at connecting the lines of my existence. 
I work at merging with the materials that make me.
I work at evolving the idea of what sculpture is.

I have strange totems to guide me,
oracles of fascination,
fragments of inspiration.

I watch how life flows,
I watch how it grows,
I watch so I can truly know.

The Orb spider sets its trap,
the vine reaches higher,
the scarab rolls on.

I set fire to my work.
I let it go.
Embers rise and the ashes are scattered.

There are no walls to my gallery.
No cocktails for this exhibition.
My audience is blind,
but the world can see.

 

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