I was recently invited to visit the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. What a wonderful treat this was. Located high up the area known as Paradyskloof, against the Hottentots Holland mountains, where leopards still roam, this seven-hectare property is home to more than 60 of Dylan Lewis’s wonderful sculptures. These are scattered along several kilometres of paths and the entire garden is loosely divided into several sections with something new around every corner. The land used to be flat farmland and it was Dylan’s idea to sculpt and create the contours into hills and valleys to house his works.
Fynbos, including a variety of ericas now extinct in the wild, is rampant throughout the garden, and is a delight for the senses. Spring is a glorious time to visit so we’ll make a point of being there later this year in that lovely season.
Dylan Lewis is inspired by nature and this garden, its location, its design, its contents, are testament to his enormous respect and awe. His works are varied from the human forms, to African animals – the leopard is his totem – and the shamanic forms that have seen some controversy in the past. Recently he began experimenting with magnificent large-scale pieces.
Bird lovers will love the bird check-list that features almost 200 varieties to be spotted in the garden.
The garden can be visited alone using a handy info-map, or you can book a guided walk, but all visits are by appointment only. We walked with Aly who is so passionate about the garden that we didn’t want the afternoon to end. There is a coffee shop for a refreshment after your walk. We’re hoping to include this in our winelands tours when visitors have sufficient time.