This is a sign I made for work (Safari West) for their bar. Get it, the watering hole… so anyways, more than this I wanted to post about a Ted talk that I watched today about a very possible solution to climate change and the process of desertification. Both connected and both very bad for our future. The video starts a bit slow, but it is very good and informative.
The reason for adding this artwork is because it is the closest think I have to the topic of the Ted.com talk. Which is about mimicking nature with having huge herds (in this case cattle, sheep or goats) graze the land for a short period of time and then moving on. In that process the dung, etc from the animals help revitalize the soil (creating a mulch-like covering) and helping bring back grasslands. I don’t understand the process fully, but when you think about it, it makes sense. A perfect example is in Africa, and the migration of the wildebeest. They are always on the move (even soon after giving birth) and the grasslands are healthier there because of all these grazing animals. They have large passing herds. Other places where the grasses are not coming back even after the rains do not have this. Where these large herds still exist the grass does come back after the dry season and the rains. Very interesting concept.
All the animals are acrylic paintings, and in Photoshop I did the composition, putting them together, adding the water, ground, text, and wood background.