Through the Wire, Lowveld Fire II
Kim Berman (South African, b. 1960)
DimensionsSheet/image : 22 3/4 x 30 1/4 in. (57.78 x 76.83 cm)
Credit LinePurchased with funds bequeathed by Roberta VanGilder '53 Kaye
LabelLowveld is the South African term for the large wilderness areas composed of grasslands, scrub brush and isolated trees that make up much of the interior of South Africa. Fire is a natural part of the lowveld ecosystem and helps maintain a healthy balance of plant and animal species. However, as the global climate warms and rainfall patterns change, wildfires in the lowveld—and in other wilderness ecosystems around the world—are becoming more frequent and more intense. This print by Kim Berman reminds us that wildfires will occur wherever there is fuel, regardless of any boundaries or settlements humans construct in the landscape.