"Sculpting This Earth"
95 minutes 6 seconds
Colour • 16:9 aspect ratio • UHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 • 24 fps
Country of production
Year of completion
Over four consecutive seasons artist Strijdom van der Merwe travels to remote locations in the southern African interior to make beautiful land art works in a striking range of spectacular natural settings. The first feature-length documentary about land art from the southern hemisphere.
The timeless beauty of ephemeral artworks in nature over four seasons
Victor van Aswegen
Artist Strijdom van der Merwe
25 artworks made by the artist in nature
South Africa: Stellenbosch • Churchhaven • Tankwa Karoo • Boland • Gordon's Bay
15 December 2020 to 27 May 2022 – filmed over the course of more than a year, starting in the southern-hemisphere midsummer and including consecutive seasons for the film to end again in midsummer
21 tracks, of which 11 composed for the film and 10 licensed
World premiere: 26 August 2022; international premiere available
Not released yet
Land Art Film Partners SPV (Pty) Ltd
Mike Spittal, Victor van Aswegen, Strijdom van der Merwe
Main target territories
Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Israel, Australia, Japan. The film is intended for a global audience: both the art in the film and its manner of presentation have universal human appeal. Artist Strijdom van der Merwe works internationally: he has made land art on invitation in more than twenty countries over the past three decades.
The film lends itself to subtitling for non-English territories as it contains minimal spoken language, consisting solely of on-camera and voice-over presentation by the artist
Alternative 60-minute version is feasible