Land Art 

Land Art

quoteI think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. Andy Warhol.


1 – 10 October 2021

The land art will run alongside our other activities and will be available to view during the process of being created on-site, and when the works are complete. These artworks will then make up the Plett ARTS Festival 2021 land art route and will be available for tours and viewing.

The creative brief – RISE – The spirit of upliftment. Create an expression that has an inspiring and uplifting message or intention.

All of the works that are created will be ephemeral (temporary/lasting for a very short time) and will be produced from materials that belong to their natural environment. Once this criterion is met, these pieces can be left to disintegrate and return to nature.



A free talk on land art and beach calligraphy.

Andrew van der Merwe is a professional calligrapher living in Cape Town with a wide range of experience in the letter arts. As a child he discovered the surprising beauty with which the beach would respond when touched right. Simply scratching the sand did not satisfy. The mark had to be experimental, playful, surprising and beautiful. Later, in the 1980’s, as a surfer and a young philosophy student, the mark-making became calligraphy, and so beach calligraphy was born. Sensitive, sensual and entirely transient, beach calligraphy is yet a serious discipline, a meditation and good exercise.

In this slide and video lecture, Van der Merwe will share how this entirely new art form evolved and how it’s done. He will freely show the tools and techniques, discuss his philosophical approach and the psychological benefits.

Have a look at his work under the name @beachscriber on Facebook and Instagram where he has a strong international following.

Date and time: Thursday 7th October, 6 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Beacon Isle Resort conference room
Tickets: FREE






Ephemeral, meditative and energetic, beach calligraphy is more than a scratching of the surface. There are spiritual lessons to be learned and refreshing pleasures to be had. The fragile surface of an untrodden beach responds with surprising beauty when you touch it in the right way. And even if it doesn’t it always forgives you, always offers you a clean slate, which is more than could be said for Life generally!

But this workshop will not only be an inward journey. It will be an exploration, an instruction in technique and discipline and, hopefully, a lot of fun.

You will be supplied with some tools to use, including a handmade “Beach Wand” which will be optional to keep at R200. Other than that, please bring the following:

  • Warm clothes, hat, bottle of water, snack
  • Camera or mobile phone
  • Optional extras: A big old knife and a big old serving spoon and/or anything else you think might make interesting marks. Slip-slops or Crocs can help with reducing footprints

Andrew van der Merwe is a professional calligrapher and letter artist from Cape Town. His work ranges from traditional illuminated addresses to commercial lettering, and from calligraphic art and murals to period movie props – anything that involves skilled writing. But he is more widely known for a new art form that he calls beach calligraphy and has presented workshops here in South Africa, in the United States and Belgium.  {His work has been published in calligraphy journals such as Letter Arts Review, Alphabet and Colophon and reported on in the Sunday Times, Business Day, Huffington Post, and CNN, among others.}  Have a look at his work under the name @beachscriber on Facebook and Instagram where he has a strong international following.

Dates: Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October
Time: 6.30 to 11 am
Venue: Robberg beach at the Beacon Isle end (Robberg 1)
Price: R350, limited to 12 places daily