Should you find yourself at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac just out of Stellenbosch’s bustling town centre, you’ll stumble upon the beautiful historical walls of Mulberry Farm, whose majestic hills and luscious gardens are home to over 60 stunning sculptures created by feted local artist, Dylan Lewis.
After 11 years in the making, the seven-hectare Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is now open, housing not only a sculptural feast for the eyes, but also a wide range of indigenous fynbos, Buchu and Erica.
Inspired by Wabi-sabi (a Japanese philosophy where imperfect equals beautiful), the garden has a decidedly spiritual ambience, creating the perfect environment to showcase Dylan’s awe-inspiring pieces.
His sculptures fall into four broad themes – the human form, shamanic figures, monumental abstracted fragments, and the great cats – and are grouped accordingly throughout the garden. The heather hills, for example, are dominated by earthly male images, while the poplar grove hosts the female form.
We recommend taking a leisurely stroll through the tranquil groves, discovering secret paths as you go, and stopping to take in the magical views of the vineyards and ocean beyond, while revelling in the magnificent pieces of art.