Uncover a haven overlooking the Stellenbosch Mountain the place sculptor Dylan Lewis has chosen to exhibit a few of his most well-known works. Should you’re searching for a particular solution to expertise the Cape Winelands however you’ve already had a day stuffed with tastings, why not unwind in these picturesque gardens?
Dylan Lewis began out as a painter when he first studied high-quality arts. He then moved to Stellenbosch the place he constructed his personal studio and bronze foundry – components of which could be seen on the grounds! The works started with work, progressed to small chook sculptures after which took on many alternative themes within the form of large bronze sculptures. A few of these themes embody a research of the relation between female and male energies in addition to the astounding patterns of motion seen in Africa’s wildlife. Since his time in South Africa, he has exhibited extensively abroad as effectively and garnered worldwide curiosity in his work.
Visits to the gardens are by appointment solely and this may be performed via electronic mail, on the web site or through phone. The gallery operators are very pleasant and may reply any questions you’ll have concerning the sculptures or the backyard itself. Upon arrival on the fundamental reception constructing and gallery, you’re given a map of the gardens with markers of pivotal works or particular spots that influenced the creation of the sculptures. The beginning of the personal guided excursions go away from right here with one in every of your pleasant gallery operators however it’s essential organise this beforehand, particularly in case you are half of a big group.
Prices of tickets: R140 per normal Grownup, R110 for college students/pensioners and free for underneath 18’s.
Personal guided excursions: R700 (one to seven visitors) or R100 per individual (greater than seven visitors).
Open Days: Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 however their final admittance is at 16:00.
Together with the map of the gardens you’re additionally given a chook guidelines. Whereas there isn’t one for the opposite animals, you’re positive to see some geese on the pond, butterflies across the flowers and maybe even small buck transferring between the bushes. Birds to look out for embody Peregrine falcons, Verreaux’s eagles and starlings. On our go to, we even noticed some child owls within the hole of a tree exterior the gallery!
Tucked away down a non-public highway within the Paradyskloof space of Stellenbosch, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Backyard is quiet, intimate and peaceable. Surrounded by nothing however mountains and rivers, there are many pure wonders to see whereas right here. In between these fascinating sculptures there is an equal array of heart-stirring poems by Dr Ian McCallum laser-cut into metallic plaques that mix in with the foliage. An excerpt from his poem “Wilderness” conjures up guests to search out the remainder of his work among the many vegetation: “Have we forgotten, that wilderness will not be a spot, however a sample of soul”.
The backyard actually caters to the wants of its visitors with parasols and sunscreen for hotter days in addition to rain boots and umbrellas for muddier days. You’re welcome to make use of your parasol for the whole lot of your stroll however in case you get actually connected to it, you can too purchase one (together with poetry books by Dr Ian McCallum and crafts) on the gallery or café.
When you’re performed meandering via the backyard paths, you’re invited to discover a cosy spot both inside or underneath the bushes exterior the Outdated Storeroom. This little cafe serves some much-needed espresso, contemporary juice and a scrumptious choice of truffles. That is additionally the place the excursions finish in case you’ve chosen to ebook one.
Be sure that to enterprise out to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Backyard in your tour via the Cape Winelands. You can even view a few of our lodging solutions for the Stellenbosch area.
Featured Picture: Louis Venter