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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

Rugged sculpture garden at the edge of the mountains.

  • 4.9

  • from 410 Google reviews

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About the garden

Located between two worlds, here the manicured suburbs of Stellenbosch meet a rugged mountain wilderness - the realm of leopards and eagles. In this garden of private myth, Dylan Lewis explores the Jungian notion of 'the wilderness within' through sculpture and landscape design. More than sixty sculptures constituting a comprehensive record of Dylan's artistic development thus far have been carefully sited along three kilometres of paths.

The garden project began serendipitously in 2009 when Dylan hired an excavator on a whim and began shaping the contours of what would become the seven-hectare sculpture garden. During initial earthworks, the artist shaped a disused tract of flat farmland into dynamic hills, valleys and water features. In fact, the garden could be considered his largest sculpture to date.

Amid tranquil groves and lush indigenous vegetation, sculptures have been placed in harmony with the landscape. The garden focuses on indigenous species, particularly fynbos, and although planted to give year-round colour, it peaks in July and August into September, when its many buchus and ericas are in fragrant flower. A large selection of ericas, particularly unusual varieties such as Erica verticillata, extinct in the wild, was sourced from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Widely recognised as one of the world's foremost sculptors of the animal form, Dylan initially focused on the big cats as symbols of wilderness, then moved into the human figure to explore the forgotten inner wild spaces of the human psyche and the impact of this amnesia on the planet's remaining wilderness areas.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden.

Opening times

Year Round Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 (Last Entry 15:30)

Useful details

Garden area

17 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a .cafe/restaurant.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).

Shops

None

Cape Winelands, 7600

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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
Cape Winelands
7600
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Google reviews

  • 4.9

  • from 410 Google reviews

Len Steenkamp

3 months ago

5

An amazing art experience. Peaceful gardens, highest standard sculptures. Booking is essential and well worth it. Allow at least two hours to fully appreciate the gardens and sculptures. Refreshments are a delight to enjoy. A hidden gem that is a must-see.

Helena Wagenaar

2 months ago

5

It is difficult to explain something so beautiful, powerful and majestic against the backdrop of nature and the climatic conditions that prevail. That one's soul can be expressed so powerfully , is beyond words. I loved the experience

Buyi Shongwe

a month ago

5

What a wonderful, evocative experience. You can feel the energy of every statue. The whole place is alive. A true 3D experience. Have something to eat before you walk around, then walk around slowly. Really worth a visit.

Sharon Viljoen Smith

3 months ago

5

Fantastic place to visit for a sedate stroll around the gardens. The sculptures are beautiful and make quite a statement. Not overcrowded so was able to view everything at leisure. They do charge an entrance fee with discount for students and pensioners.

Shane Smalle

in the last week

5

Great place to spend some quality peaceful time. Just take into account the mid day heat. Great to spend an hour or two discovering little hideaways in the garden

Contact the garden

+27 (0)21 880 0054

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