South Africa Press Release

26 November 2010

Contact:
South Africa: Samantha Bailey, samantha@350.org, +27 79 744 0525
USA: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, +1 415 601 9337

South Africa Joins Planetary Art Show with Giant Sun Sculpture in Cape Town

350 EARTH, the first global art show on climate change, kicked off this weekend, launching around the world symbolic performances seen from space that bring people and planet together to highlight the hazards of global warming.
 
From the Dominican Republic to Los Angeles to Cape Town, thousands of volunteers are joining renowned artists to unveil a weeklong photo-performance project that ends 27th November, just ahead of the UN international climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
 
In the Khayelitsha community of Cape Town on Saturday, 27th November, artists of the Canary Project and local citizens will create an enormous solar sun out of 70 high powered parabolic solar cookers with the “rays” being long picnic cloths where the local community will feast on traditional food made in the solar cookers. After the event, the solar cookers will be donated to small crèches and shelters in Khayelitsha where many people do not have access to electricity.
 
The Cape Town solar art event hopes to boost public awareness by highlighting the abundant solar radiation available to power South Africa and issue a call to government to support the transition to a just, sustainable energy future.
 
 
Khayelitsha, Cape Town climate art event details:

Date:Saturday, 27th November 2010

Time:

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

- satellite flies over for photo at 10:57am

- plane flies over for photo at 12:15pm

Venue:

Khayelitsha Stadium, rugby fields

Pama Road, Khayelitsha

GPS coordinates: 34° 1'49.05"S 18°39'25.76"E

Picnic:

We're providing very simple traditional food: umngqusho (beans and samp) with refreshments

Transport options:

If driving by car, parking will be available on the stadium grounds.

If coming by train, get off at the Nonkqubela station (one before Khayelitsha station).

Contacts:

Samantha 079 744 0525

Andrea 073 506 2922

Zukisa 073 462 5003

Directions:

The police and various local organisations have assured us that the recent protesting in Khayelitsha is over and that our event is taking place in a safe area, but in the interests of being extra secure, these directions avoid the Mew Way / Lansdowne (M9) intersection where the protests were held.
 
DIRECTIONS FROM CAPE TOWN:
* Take N2 towards Somerset West
* Go past the M44 exit to Khayelitsha and take the next exit – Spine Road / M32
* Turn RIGHT at top of exit over freeway to Khayelitsha (onto Spine Road)
* Go about 1.8 km on Spine Road and at first main intersection, turn RIGHT into Lansdowne Road (M9)
* Drive for 1.1 km on Lansdowne Road, and take the 2nd LEFT into Pama Road
* Go about 1.8km and on your LEFT you'll see the Khayelitsha stadium

DIRECTIONS FROM MUIZENBERG AREA:
* Take R310 / Baden Powell Drive towards Khayelitsha
* Drive on Baden Powell for 18km
* Turn LEFT at Swartklip Road / M49 (sign says "Mandalay")
* Drive 1.6km then turn RIGHT at Steve Biko Road
* Take first LEFTonto Mew Way Road
* Go about 3.3 km on Mew Way and then turn RIGHT into Pama Road
* Go about 400 m and on your RIGHT you'll see the Khayelitsha stadium

DIRECTIONS FROM SOMERSET WEST AREA:
* Take N2 towards Cape Town
* Go past the Baden Powell / R310 exit and take the next exit – Spine Road / M32
* Turn LEFT at top of exit over freeway to Khayelitsha (onto Spine Road)
* Go about 1.8 km on Spine Road and at first main intersection, turn RIGHT into Lansdowne Road (M9)
* Drive for 1.1 km on Lansdowne Road, and take the 2nd LEFT into Pama Road
* Go about 1.8km and on your LEFT you'll see the Khayelitsha stadium