Oh, those blessed rains

I’m almost surprised someone didn’t think of this long ago:

Toto’s “Africa” has come home, so to speak, thanks to an installation by an artist who plans to play the song on loop in a Namibian desert — for eternity.

German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up the sound installation, called “Toto Forever,” in an undisclosed location in the 1,200 mile-long Namib Desert.

The desert, on the west coast of Southern Africa, is around 55 million years old — making it the world’s oldest desert and the “perfect spot” for his work, Siedentopf, 27, told CNN in an email. “Hopefully the song will play just as long,” he added.

Siedentopf is using solar batteries to power the entire installation, which consists of plinths supporting six speakers attached to a single MP3 player that contains one track: Toto’s “Africa.”

This is seriously neat, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.

Wait, what? Kilimanjaro is a hundred miles away from the Serengeti?

Oh, well. Never mind.

(Via Stephen Green.)

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    18 January 2019 · 7:25 pm

    That is definitely not Kansas — no matter how much dust is in the wind.

RSS feed for comments on this post