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In September 2016 the Crocodile River Reserve is hosting a Land Art Project for the first time - and we hope it will become a long-standing tradition. 

Land Art is an art movement in which the landscape or environment and the the work of art are linked.  The artist uses natural materials and the work of art exist in the open environment, where it usually remains until the earth reclaims the natural material. 

The art work can be massive - at a landscape scale - or minute, a surprise encounter for the viewer. 

Parts of the Crocodile River Reserve will be opened to artists, allowing them to create artworks in partnership with nature, using what there is, altering nothing permanently and doing no damage to the environment.  The art initiative is called the Green Mountain Festival and takes place 9 to 11 September.

"We are excited that this first big event will take place in partnership with the Site Specific group, Ubuhle Bobuntu, Boitumelo, NOMAD and various artists who participate in their personal capacity,"says Fransa Cole, resident artist. 

The Festival opens with on Saturday 10 September at a historic ruin, spruced up especially for the installations.   

On Saturday the public will be able to observe artists at work, walk the trails of the Crocodile River Reserve to view the creations, and even participate in a group creation event.  There is a specific event for our budding young artist too.

On Sunday 11 September the Reserve is open to the participants of the annual mountain bike ride "Ride the Rhenoster".  This fund raising event will take riders to the various installations and bring another dimension to the experience of this technically difficult Ride.  As the event is not a race, the Rider will have time to pause at the various installations. 

A short fun ride suitable for younger children takes place from 8:30am. 

Sunday afternoon will be filled with sound.  As the weekend of art and activity winds down, a symphony of an unusual nature will be conducted Phindu.  All participants will have instruments made from natural materials or found objects. 

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Photograph - 

Artist: Sarah Fraser
Photo: katty vandenberghe
Project: Site_Specific JOZI Land Art 2016
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A walk in the veld with an experienced guide on a particular subject.  That is what the Calendar of Walks and Talks offers. 

But it is so much more!

Drive out to the usual meeting point, The Sheds @ Birdsong, taking in the view across the valley, and feel the country air fill tingling through your body. 

Arrive at The Sheds to a cheerful setting of hay bales and colourful cloths, biscuits and refreshment.  Meet other families out for a morning of exploring. 

And then leave on a short walk at a relaxed pace to explore the theme for the walk. Themes through the year include Scorpions, Spiders, Birds, Frogs, Bats, Wildflowers, Grasses, Geology, Trees and more. 

The walks are great for children.  Especially the curious kind. 

Return to The Sheds for refreshment after the walk.  It is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. 

TALKS

Every now and then the Calendar features a Talk by an expert.  Usually there are load of photographs to bring the topic alive.  Sometimes there are experiments  and demonstrations.  Remember to check the specific venue - sometime we need to be more cosy than at the regular venue!

Note: Some events share the income with another worthy cause. 

DATE EVENT GUIDE  CONTACT
20 November  Tree Walk POSTPONED - The Tree Society concurs that the late commencement of rain may  impact on the walk.  Re-scheduling to 2017  To book email Jenny
December Butterflies  We are taking to the hills! On the erratic trail of butterflies and the occasional moth.  To book email Jenny

About the Venue

Most of the Walk start out at The Sheds@Birdsong.  Jenny Cornish is our hostess, and her lovely rustic setting is the ideal place "home base" for these walks. 

The Sheds provide shade and cover, and welcome refreshment.  The cost of coffe/tea/juice is included in the walk and Jenny lays out a light snack of cookies or other baked goods for anyone feeling pecking in the fresh air!

 Find the Sheds easily by getting step-by-step directions from Google Maps, or follow Jenny's directions below. 

Directions

Birdsong adjoins Roodekrans, and is located just off the Gemstone Road. There are small signs pointing the way to Birdsong.

From N14 Highway travelling from Krugersdorp:

Take R511 Hartbeespoort Off Ramp.
Turn right at Off Ramp T Junction onto R511
Travel on R511 and approximately 2kms further on, take left turn on R511 Hartbeespoort
Pass Idle Winds and approximately 1,8 km on take left turn on Gemstone Road (at Tatz Junction there is a sign that says Gemstone Road)
Keep right on Gemstone Road
Pass 4X4 venue on right
Up the hill road takes a sharp left and then sharp right
At sharp right there is first Birdsong sign, follow the road
About 2kms on turn left at next Birdsong sign, turn right at Bona Thaba Horse Trails entrance and follow fence road up to next Birdsong sign
Turn left and “The Sheds” are on the left hand side

From Hartbeespoort:

Travel on R511 towards Johannesburg
Turn right on Gemstone Road (Tatz Junction)
Keep right on Gemstone Road
Pass 4X4 venue on right
Up the hill road takes a sharp left and then sharp right
At sharp right there is first Birdsong sign
After left turn at Birdsong sign, turn right at Bona Thaba Horse Trails sign and follow fence road up to next Birdsong sign
Turn left and “The Sheds” are on the left hand side

From Fourways:

Travel on R511 (William Nicol) passing Dainfern and Diepsloot. Travel under the N14 highway. Approximately 2kms further on, take left turn on R511 Hartbeespoort
Pass Idle Winds and approximately 1,8 km on take left turn on Gemstone Road (at Tatz Junction there is a sign that says Gemstone Road)
Keep right on Gemstone Road
Pass 4X4 venue on right
Up the hill road takes a sharp left and then sharp right
At sharp right there is first Birdsong sign, follow the road
About 2kms on turn left at next Birdsong sign, turn right at Bona Thaba Horse Trails entrance and follow fence road up to next Birdsong sign
Turn left and “The Sheds” are on the left hand side

GPS Coordinates:
S 25 deg 52’ 26.0”
E 27 deg 58’ 30.3”