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SA artist installs a new piece of land art every week for a year

It’s a new artwork every week for Strijdom van der Merwe. The South African land artist will be creating a new land art installation for 52 consecutive weeks. Collectively titled the 52 Collection, the works will celebrate not only the South African landscape, but also views of nature from abroad.

Van der Merwe has gained global recognition for his land art created with sand, water, wood, rocks and stone.

Strijdom van der Merwe land art 52 Collection
Strijdom van der Merwe land art 52 Collection

His work speaks to how we relate to land, and challenges one’s jadedness to the world.

“Nature is the art. I only imitate that which we have lost to see.”

Strijdom van der Merwe

With the 52 Collection, Van der Merwe explores giving permanence to an art form that is inherently impermanent – using a digital artwork that may be sold as well. The artist will capture a still image of each installation and for some installations include moving media that documents the creation of the work, and the effects of daylight, weather and time as it transforms.

Each week, a single representation will be released as an original on the Fanfire platform ( The full commercial rights to such a work (including reprint and online rights) will be available for purchase and ownership will be represented as non-fungible token (NFT).

Strijdom van der Merwe land art 52 Collection

The collection will launch on 31 March 2022 when the first four works will be displayed at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. It will conclude with a gala event early in 2023 where a combined collection of 52 images, from the same localities as were released weekly in the preceding 52 weeks, will be revealed. The images will differ from the preceding images, either because they are framed differently, or captured at the different time, from the weekly released images before. The combined collection will be auctioned as a digital collection which will conclude at the gala event.

Through the 52 Collection, Van der Merwe seeks to present new ways of thinking about the permanence and ownership of art that is sometimes as ephemeral as a sunset.

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