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Herman van Nazareth

Herman van Nazareth

In 1965 Herman van Nazareth, a Belgian sculptor, seized the chance of a study grant in South Africa. He trained in sculpture at the Michael’s School of Fine Art in Cape Town. He made South Africa his home and this year celebrates fifty years in SA. He currently works and resides in both South Africa and Belgium.

His sculpture work is installed at Wildekrans Country House, just off the N2 between Cape Town and Hermanus.

The work is available for viewing from nine till five each day. Visitors should call ahead and can book refreshments in the gardens – 028 284 9827.

The Wildekrans Country House gardens are shown at the Elgin Open Gardens each year. The gardens are 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, for House and Leisure.

Herman van Nazareth’s art works engage directly with the broader social-political discourse in order to give expression to the inhumanity that stems from the abuse of power. Sasol Art Museum

Van Nazareth is essentially a painter and that basic orientation expresses itself in the many fine patinas with which he covers his sculptures. The sculptures exude simplicity and monumentality. The great diversity and serial use of the same human forms compel us to silence and contemplation. Die Soeker – Jan Loones.

New to the garden: last year we transplanted the stumps of 42-year-old olive trees. Amazingly they produced their first crop this season having been cut right back in the transplant process - a tribute to the hardiness of this species. Just below the olives the original ha-ha is still apparent.

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.

Email us | T: +27 28 284 9827 | F: +27 28 284 9624 | GPS: 34º12'13.00"S 19º08'53.53"E
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