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Site_Specific at Wildekrans Country House

31 Oct-1 Nov & 7-8 Nov (Sat & Sun) 2015

Elgin Open Gardens


Artists from the Site_Specific collective will be creating nature art installations at Wildekrans Country House in the week leading up to Elgin Open Gardens. They create work in response to a particular place, its natural processes and its context using what is available on site - preferably natural materials that will return to nature in due course - often including the process of natural reclamation in the completion of the art work. Four artist teams from the Western Cape will be invited to join the team of Anni Snyman, PC Janse van Rensburg and Ingrid Schöfmann in responding to the incredible biodiversity of the Groenlandberg Conservancy and the beauty of Wildekrans Country House. @11h00 on Saturday 31 October artists will be on site to talk to visitors about their work.

Site_Specific hosted South Africa's first International Land art Biennale in 2011, following it up with another International event in Plettenberg Bay in 2013 and launching the first of the Karoo Geoglyphs - the Snake Eagle Thinking Path in Matjiesfontein - in September 2015. |

Wildekrans Country House’s garden is punctuated by unexpected artworks. The five-hectare garden is structured around a series of distinct spaces – a neatly clipped expanse of lawn near the historic 1811 homestead, a formal rose garden, a pear orchard – linked together
by wilder areas of indigenous plantings and winding pathways that encourage discovery – Rene Slee.

Homemade and homegrown produce to take home.Book for lunch, tea and dessert.Donations to Bot River Education Trust.Off the N2 at Houw Hoek Village, as for Houw Hoek Inn.Ph: 028 284 9827.

Wildekrans Country House is a historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek in the Western Cape. Overlooking a rambling garden that cascades to the river, and silhouetted by a rugged mountain backdrop, the house is furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art.

Accommodation with breakfast and dinner is available as is a self-catering option. For those travelling on business, all rooms have MNet and WiFi. The homestead has three double rooms including a suite. A separate cottage alongside the homestead is perfect for families or travellers wanting kitchen facilities.

The gardens are perfect for mellow summer weddings.

Quirky, burnished by the years, Wildekrans Country House offers a relaxing interlude away from the hurly burly of city life.

Just one hour from Cape Town it is an ideal weekend getaway, or extension to a Mother City visit.

Groenlandberg Conservancy

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