Art, poetry and nature in one inspiring exhibition

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THE Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST) is pleased to announce its latest public art exhibition, located in beautiful outdoor settings by eight of the finest established and emerging land artists.

Taking place now until October 10, the Poetic land art exhibition will be free to the public and allows visitors to follow a map and explore some of the most beautiful parts of the town.

Andrew Hofmeyr

From historical settings in the middedorp, to more rural locations beside landmark rivers, the Poetic exhibition is a feast for the senses. Read the poems which inspired the works at each site, in three languages, and engage with nature and art in a truly unique way. The artists include masters of this movement Strijdom van der Merwe, Hannelie Coetzee, Gordon Froud, sibling duo Anni Snyman and PC Janse van Rensburg (pictured at the top of the story), and Andrew Hofmeyr, as well as exciting artists new to the genre Cow Mash, Paballo Majela and Sandile Rabede.

Sandile Radebe

Land art is an exciting new discipline for the town. Exhibitions in the past have focused on public sculpture, and this is the first exhibition where artists are inspired by nature and where the artworks are site specific. Land art is usually ephemeral by nature, but three of the artworks will remain after the exhibition closes on October 10. Paballo Majela’s installation on the Stellenbosch University campus will form part of the permanent Visual Redress project; the work by Hannelie Coetzee will remain on the Droomstroom art route alongside the Dwars River in Kylemore; and the installation by Sandile Radebe will be established as part of the gardens at Stellenbosch Academy of Design in Techno Park.

Strijdom van der Merwe

Poetic coincides with the inaugural Stellenbosch Garden Week. For the full programme click here.

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