Under the Stars at Spier Light Art 2024

Under the Stars at Spier Light Art 2024

WORDS Gina Dionisio PHOTOS Supplied

The sixth highly anticipated edition of the celebrated annual Spier Light Art will present an evocative world of light, sound and video art at the historic Stellenbosch Wine Farm.

Illuminate your evenings from 1 March to 1 April 2024 with 21 different light and video artworks installed across the Stellenbosch Wine Farm.

Art refects what is happening in the world around us, and this is certainly true of the work featured at Spier Light Art 2024. This year’s artists have grappled with some big themes, such as environmental disasters and climate change, how technology dominates our lives, the effects of racism and colonialism, gender identities, and how humans make sense of life.

Under the Stars at Spier Light Art 2024

These lights and colours will awaken your senses. You might happen upon a mesmerising, colourful network of fungi in Stevie Thompson’s Mycelium, or be faced with the blurry lines between relaxation and inattention in Alan Alborough’s sculptural ‘ZZZZ’.

You might encounter Abri de Swardt’s Flood Light or Naadira Patel and Sarah de Villiers’  Assembling Lines and wonder how we can save our planet from humanity’s excess and short-sightedness.

Spier invests a lot of time and energy into making art accessible to as many people as possible, which is why this annual light art experience is free to enter – the aim is to celebrate artists and their creations and to offer every visitor a unique interaction with inspiring artworks. 

“These works combine wonder, participation and thought. This exhibition of Light Art is a space for celebration, offering moments of escape and fantasy, and moments when we may touch sides with the world outside, lest indeed, we fall completely asleep,” says curators Vaughn Sadie and Jay Pather.

Arrive just before the sun goes down to enjoy an outdoor feast of food and wine under the summer sky. As the stars come out, the lights turn on.

For more information, visit spier.co.za. This project is supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and Fedex.

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