South Africa has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, enticing both local and international tourists. The combination of our natural fauna and flora and exceptional fine art sculptures creates magical spaces for visitors to escape into and explore. Local and international tourists are adding sculpture gardens to their itineraries and we’re highlighting a few spaces to spend some time enjoying exceptional art in a beautiful setting.
Sculptures for the world at large
Tamaryn Greer and Lore Watterson of Creative Feel spoke to Mark Read, director of Everard Read Gallery, about his passion for sculpture and his role as a mentor to South Africa’s top sculptors. It’s a warm day, so Mark Read suggests we sit on the deck outside his home on top of the Everard Read Gallery for our chat. The views from up here are spectacular, and Read’s two passions are immediately evident: art and conservation. He eagerly points out the baobab tree he is busy growing – just one of the many well-tended plants that fill the rooftop space. He points out a striking bronze by Deborah Bell; a custodian of the skyline, visible from his bedroom window. Read’s love of sculpture is the reason for our meeting. Everard Read Gallery represents most of the sculptors in South Africa – sculpture gardens like Norval Foundation or Nirox are dotted with large-scale three-dimensional works by some of the country’s most respected artists, most of whom are Everard Read artists. Read more about how Everard Read contribute to the bustling sculptors in South Africa, and around the world!