18 diverse artworks will be scattered across the farm. Some are playful and interactive, while others invite poignant contemplation. The installations include:
- Lyall Sprong’s Bergson’s Misting Circle – a 4 metre vertical circle of light and mist
- Goldendean’s Breathe Goldendean – an interactive inflatable sculpture that allows you to lie on it whilst it gently glows and breathes around you
- David Brits’s massive 70 metre glowing shape, suspended high in one of the oldest oaks living on the Spier Werf (farmyard)
- Themba Stewart and Qondiswa James’s astute and profound Keep the Lights On, which reminds us that light in the everyday is a sociopolitical issue that cannot be taken for granted
The opening ceremony will be held on two nights – on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December 2019 – when the audience will be invited to join a procession across a multi-sensory, cross-cultural wonderland featuring dancers, stilt walkers and other illuminating delights. The opening ceremony costs R200 per adult (includes a complimentary glass of wine) and R75 per child under 12. Arrive early and enjoy a picnic for R650 per couple (includes two adult entry tickets and a bottle of Signature Spier wine). Tickets are available on webtickets.
From 8 December 2019 to 19 January 2020, Spier Light Art will be freely accessible to the public. The best time to visit is at dusk, when you can catch both the beautiful sunset and the switching on of the lights. Be sure to book a dinner or picnic in advance.
Spier Light Art 2019/2020 builds on the success of the inaugural festival, held on the estate during the 2018/2019 festive season. Over this period, thousands of visitors were enthralled by an astonishing array of light art installations conceptualised and created by some of South Africa’s leading artists and designers.
Spier Light Art is one of Spier’s Growing for Good initiatives, which empower communities to create positive social and environmental change.