Simon Max Bannister was the visionary for this experiential sculpture at AfrikaBurn this year. His intention was to hold a sense of place and earthly presence with the work. Inspired by the angular compacted stones of the desert and taking its tactile lead from 'Solace' of last year. He utilized a similar construction method of layered triangular plywood. Taking months of planning and 4 days to construct on location, he describes what the Burn represents for him.
"The experience of working out there in the Tankwa with a joyful crew from all over world gives the piece a collective focus. Engaging with the stark wild landscape brings you closer to it.
Compression held a space on the fringe of the festival allowing it to become an archetypal place for burners to pilgrimage to. The elemental nature of the piece organically creates interaction and with that the opportunity for each burner to have their own insight. My mission is to make sculptures that are a two-way conversation and have the gravitas of a sacred place. A place that has the power to change someone.
When it comes to the silent burn, we all gather in the ancient way, awed by the power of the flame. Seeing how the work holds in its final moments, letting it go and sharing that moment fills the air with magnetic energy."