Fire art in South Africa promotes healthy grasslands
July 9, 2017
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The smoking image of a grasshopper was burned into the South African grassland, as alert firefighters stood by. Last month's work of performance art was born from the idea of promoting controlled burning as beneficial for South Africa's savannah ecosystems.
Artist Hannelie Coetzee said the 5-hectare (12-acre) artwork was inspired by research scientist Sally Archibald, who was looking into the importance of fire in creating productive grazing areas.
Archibald had described a controlled burn as a kind of performance, "and that really triggered it," Coetzee says. "It gave...