Anca BENERA & Arnold ESTEFÁN

THE DESERT ROCK THAT FEEDS THE WORLD, 2019
installation (phosphate rock, sand, metal wire), variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artists

The Western Sahara Wall of Sand is the largest active military barrier in the world. Western Sahara – an area designated by the United Nations as a «Non-Self-Governing Territory» – contains a phosphate deposit of 1.7 billion tonnes on the Bou Craa site.

The wall was built by Morocco to keep the Sahrawi people (the population living in the eastern Sahara), away from the natural resources of the region. Phosphate rocks are formed over milions of years in the Earth’s crust. It is finite resource and there is no way to manufacture it. It is one of the most important natural resources of the world, essential for plant and animal life.

The artists created a pendulum using a phosphate rock from Morocco. Hanging from a high ceiling, it is shifting its swing-plane accoding to the rotation of the Earth. The pendulum is placed against a sand construction – basically a 1/1 section through Sahara wall of sand.

THE DESERT ROCK THAT FEEDS THE WORLD, 2019
installation (phosphate rock, sand, metal wire), variable dimensions

THE DRIVING FORCE OF ALL NATURE, 2019
mixed-media installation (DIY music instruments, percussion accessories, wallpaper), variable dimensions,
Courtesy of the Artists

The project investigates the most troubled waters in the world. Two floating buoys on the Mediterranean, originally used as hazard indicators, are converted into music instruments that can be activated by the public according to a music score created by the artists.

THE DRIVING FORCE OF ALL NATURE, 2019, mixed-media installation (DIY music instruments, percussion accessories, wallpaper), variable dimensions