A sculpted indigenous garden featuring more than 60 works by Dylan Lewis.


‘Shapeshifting’, an essay by Laura Twiggs

‘Where does animalkind end and humankind begin? What of the wild and the primitive within? In exploring these tantalising enigmas, Lewis searches wilderness, myth and ancient belief systems for inspiration, meaning and answers.’

'The Rising': Ian McCallum

One day your soul will call to you with a holy rage.
‘Rise up!’ it will say…

Stand up inside your own skin.
Unmask your unlived life…
feast on your animal heart.
Unfasten your fist…
let loose the medicine in your own hand.
Show me the lines…
I will show you the spoor of the ancestors.
Show me the creases…
I will show you the way to water.
Show me the folds…
I will show you the furrows for your healing.
‘Look!’ it will say…
the line of life has four paths –
one with a mirror, one with a mask,
one with a fist, one with a heart.

One day, your soul will call to you with a holy rage.

About the artist

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2010

Untamed: Exploring the Lost Balance Between Humankind and Nature

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

With Untamed Lewis has, for the first time, collaborated with two other masters in their fields: Ian McCallum, an author, poet, psychiatrist, psychologist and wilderness guide, and Enrico Daffonchio, an architect who specialises in sustainable design.

The fulchrum of the exhibition is Daffonchio’s pavilion, a structure showcasing contemporary, sustainable design and employing solar power and light as energy sources. (A notable feature of the pavilion is the specially designed “living wall” of indigenous plants, highlighting the Kirstenbosch horticultural team’s world-renowned talents.) Here visitors can view a selection of Lewis’s sculptures, including the maquettes of monumental works that the sculptor has placed in specifically chosen areas of the garden, while engaging with the powerful narrative of wilderness and its importance to the human psyche through poetic word installations by Ian McCallum. From the pavilion, they can set out on a walking trail that takes in the various sculpture sites.

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