GO­ING BACK TO NA­TURE

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Dy­lan Lewis Sculp­ture Gar­den

His fa­ther was the ac­claimed sculp­tor of birds, Robin Lewis, and he came from a fam­ily of artists, yet Dy­lan Lewis still failed fine art in his first year of study­ing.

So he took a ca­reer de­tour and be­come a taxi­der­mist at the Ron­de­vlei Na­ture Re­serve, though he did pick up a few part-time paint­ing classes along the way.

It was only af­ter his fa­ther passed away in 1988 that he be­gan to find his feet in sculp­ture. He says he found refuge and mean­ing in na­ture.

And now his works are in the col­lec­tions of sev­eral mem­bers of the Bri­tish royal fam­ily and of the late

Nel­son Man­dela.

Here at home, his crown­ing glory has been the open­ing of the Dy­lan Lewis Sculp­ture Gar­den in Stel­len­bosch.

His stint as a taxi­der­mist comes through in some of the im­pos­ing pieces. The hu­man fig­ures also have a raw nat­u­ral ap­peal and with the moun­tain views as a back­drop have an al­most oth­er­worldly ap­pear­ance.

The sculp­tures are ex­hib­ited across 7 ha of land that in­cludes a 4 km walk­way of path­ways, streams and in­dige­nous fyn­bos.

The Dy­lan Lewis Sculp­ture Gar­den is in a pri­vate culde-sac in Paradyskloof — a 10-minute drive from Stel­len­bosch and less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Vis­its are by ap­point­ment only.

Dy­lan Lewis: Find­ing refuge and mean­ing

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