Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Back in the Jonkershoek Valley, to shoot what must be one of the last works in the summer section of our film. A beautiful example of what we have in mind when we speak of the fragility and ephemerality of these artworks: a light breeze comes up as dusk falls while Strijdom is completing the work, constantly threatening to destroy the piece, and he repeatedly has to carefully restore to their positions a few stalks of grass blown out of place. To do justice to the work with a view from sufficiently high up, I have to get a few shots of the completed work standing on a ladder Strijdom has brought along – an unmissable perspective, enabling one to see the circle properly from this height, but rather wobbly with no means of stabilising the hand-held tripod on top of the ladder; thank goodness for stabilisation in post.

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