Art in the Garden at Kirstenbosch NBG
The magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch is also a perfect setting for art. The Garden presents a variety of art exhibitions, both outdoor exhibitions of long and short-term duration, as well as indoor art shows and exhibitions in the various venues at Kirstenbosch. Please go to Events to find out about current and upcoming indoor art exhibitions at Kirstenbosch.
Kirstenbosch . . . in bygone days. A retrospective exhibition featuring the history of Kirstenbosch from archival photographs presented on a 40 m banner in the Garden. The photographs take us back to the beginnings of Kirstenbosch, showing the earliest developments in the oldest sections of the Garden, and includes the nostalgic old Tea House, and some of the people who made Kirstenbosch what it is today. The banner can be downloaded from this news article.
The banner is on display at Kirstenbosch during 2013, our Centenary year, below the main lawn on the path in front of Moyo Restaurant.
Mambo Sculptures. The Sculpture Garden houses a permanent but ever-changing exhibition of African stone sculptures. Each sculpture is a unique original, sculpted by artists in the Shona tradition originating in Zimbabwe. The artists depict spiritual, traditional and contemporary themes as well as topical and social issues in their work.
The sculptures are also on show in the Visitors' Centre and can be purchased from Mambo Sculptures in the Visitors' Centre. Read more
Dylan Lewis. Two animal bronzes by Dylan Lewis can be found at the Centre for Home Gardening. The position of each sculpture is permanent but the sculptures are changed from time to time. Dylan Lewis is among the most highly regarded figurative sculptors working with the animal form today. He works in clay, crafting the medium so that its final shape and surface take on an almost elemental quality, its texture not only bringing the animal to life but speaking of the wilderness itself.
To see more of Lewis's work or to enquire about purchasing an original Dylan Lewis bronze, contact The Dylan Lewis Studio, Tel 021 880 0054, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website: www.dylanlewis.com
Nelson Mandela. A bust of Nelson Mandela stands beside the pepperbark tree (Warburgia salutaris) that Nelson Mandela planted on his visit to Kirstenbosch on 21 August 1996. The bust was sculpted by John Francis Gardner and donated to Kirstenbosch by the sculptor in January 2010. It portrays Nelson Mandela during the pivotal years of his presidency and captures his radiance and generosity of spirit the world has grown to love. Mandela's bust and tree can be found just inside the Visitors' Centre entrance to the Garden, at the bottom of the main lawn.
Cape Clawless Otter in the Otter Pond. This very lifelike sculpture of the elusive Cape clawless otter (Aonyx capensis) was sculpted by Llewellyn Davies and donated to Kirstenbosch by the Taeuber Family in September 1994. It is inscribed with these words: 'Our quality of life will depend on the ability of mankind to live in harmony with nature.' Read more about the Otter Pond.
Gorillas. Three massive gorillas can be found huddled in the Dell. They were sculpted by Sam Allerton from wood from the stone pine (Pinus pinea). The gorillas convey a feeling of massive latent power, a feeling of presence. The South African National Biodiversity Institute, through our support of botanical gardens in Africa, is working hard to promote the importance of maintaining biodiversity in Africa. We need to protect vanishing species like gorillas.