Simon Bannister: Wildlife Artist of the Year

I am over-the-moon to be able to share with you that Simon Bannister has won the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year award for his work “Journey of Giraffe” (see the photos below).

That’s the same Simon Bannister who was the artist and builder-in-chief of Hazyview Digital Learning Centre’s world-famous Terrabytus Digitata or “The Digital Tree of Knowledge.” Simon helped to shape the vision of Terrabytus Digitata and then built this icon from the roots up.

“Journey of Giraffe” is a beautiful trio of giraffe sculptures. Inspired by ladder-like necks and the fractured geometric patterns of the giraffe’s skin, Simon has assembled this unusual and beautiful family of creatures from timber. Woven together with branch parts that look like knees and shoulders and neck lines, they have the character and profile of the real thing.

The sculptures are truly exquisite and capture Simon’s passion for the natural world. He is currently “artist in residence” at Londolozi Game Reserve, where he has the “space” to be able to use the bushveld’s natural materials and elements to express himself.

Shortly after finding out that he had won the award at London’s Mall Galleries, Simon had the following to say:

“I’m obviously so pleased with the outcome, it is a great affirmation of my work and I really think that this will galvanize my journey even more. My thanks go to those that believe in me and those that understand that art has an important role to play in environmental awareness. I will be using this award to create more outstanding works so keep watching this space!”

Simon has chosen to donate a portion of his prize money to Good Work Foundation. We are all truly touched and humbled by that magnanimous act of kindness. How privileged we are to know this remarkable person and to have one of his sculptures in our Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

Thanks Simon and well done from all of us at GWF!

Kate Groch

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a small, effective charity funding key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered mammals in the wild. To find out more visit their website or become a fan of their Facebook page.