Andrew Roger’s Rhythms of Life and Art – Chyulu Hills

In 2010, Artist Andrew Rogers came to CYK  in a unique moment in time, where he and 1270 Maasai – the largest ever gathering of Maasai for a community undertaking – created three major stone geoglyphs near the Chyulu Hills in Kenya. 

“The Chyulu Hills in Kenya is south east of Nairobi. A unique site surrounded by volcanic lava flows and rich in wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions and zebras. It was the largest ever gathering of Maasai and a unique contemporary community project. The three forms to be built were decided upon after collaboration with the tribal elders. 1,270 Maasai created three major stone structures; a lion’s paw, a shield and the ‘Rhythms of Life’ symbol.  Most of these people had never previously picked up a stone for such a purpose. Their normal daily tasks mainly relate to their home and to cattle. Nor had they ever undertaken such a large task as a whole community before or used stone for the purposes of a major construction project. The people came from many kilometers away, walking for many days. They had never been paid for such a task. As many women as men participated. It was the first time that gloves had been used by most of the participants.” – Google Arts and Culture