Prior to the the 2017 inaugural walk of the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path or ‘Doekvoetdenkpad’ in Loxton a week of community pre-launch activities brought artists, Loxton residents and conservationists together. I participated and contributed by adding a drawing to ‘Die Huis van Tyd’ and offering three workshops during the week of creative learning and community engagement.
The Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path or geoglyph was created by Anni Snyman & PC van Rensburg, supported by other Site_Specific artists and friends, and the Grrr Kollective in 2016. On the site of the geoglyph the old ‘slaghuis’ building was transformed into the ‘Huis van Tyd’ through our paintings and beautiful calligraphy by Andrew van der Merwe.
We learnt about the work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) as part of their Drylands project, learning about the endangered Riverine Rabbit and how to differentiate one from a hare or a Red Rock Rabbit.
One of the workshops I facilitated was aimed at guiding each participant to use their senses to consciously experience their immediate surroundings before creating land art on the site of the geoglyph. We closed our eyes, and then focused on what we could hear around us, before also intensely looking, smelling and even tasting…