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Helen Elizabeth Martins - Artist Extraordinaire

On a cold winters morning in 1976, a sadly misunderstood old lady surrendered to her pain and loneliness. She took her own life by swallowing caustic soda. Her death brought to a full circle the sad and lonely life of one of South Africa's truly remarkable women and artists. Her name was Helen Martins. She was 87 years old and lived as a near recluse for the bigger part of her life. Yet she will become known and recognised as a creative genius; her creation, The Owl House, becoming the…

Helen Martins was the creative force behind Nieu Bethesda's Owl House, a weird and wonderful paradise of concrete figurines and light reflecting glass. Watts Towers, Sculpture Art, Sculptures, Eccentric Style, Artistic Installation, Art Brut, Out Of Africa, Owl House, Weird And Wonderful
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One of my favourite places to visit, the Owl House, home of Helen Martins....I will post my story here that was published a few years ago, I just need to find it...

Sculptor from Nieuw Bethesda - Helen Martins. See her sculptures at the Owl House History Online, South African Artists, Art Brut, Art Sites, Lion Sculpture, Sculpture Garden, Art Sculptures, Owl House, Weird And Wonderful

Helen Elizabeth Martins | South African History Online

Helen Elizabeth Martins was born on 23 December 1897 in the Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. She was the youngest of six children and spent her childhood growing up in Nieu Bethesda. She went on to obtain a teacher's diploma in nearby Graaff-Reinet and, around that time, married Johannes Pienaar - a teacher, dramatist and, in later years, a politician.

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Helen Martins, Creator of the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda. One of the many sculptures in her 'Camel Yard'.

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At the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda there’s at least fourteen cement statues of mermaids. Cement Statues, Provinces Of South Africa, Tomorrow Is Another Day, Move Mountains, Owl House, My Land, Outsider Art, Africa Travel, Garden Art
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The Owl House, Neue Bethesda, SA

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Helen Martins' Owl House in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

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The Lion - Helen Martins, Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House. (23 December 1897 - 8 August 1976) en.wikipedia.org/...

The Owl House is a national monument in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

“The Owl House is a national monument in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her work was a source of suspicion and derision within the village and during her time, Helen Martins received very little support or enthusiasm about her work. Her lifelong exposure to the fine crushed glass she used to decorate her walls and ceilings caused her eyesight to start failing in 1976. She committed suicide on August 8, 1976 by ingesting caustic soda, aged 78.”

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The Owl House, South Africa

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These Adorably Sinister Owls Give Cat Memes A Run For Their Money

Funny owl memes that give cat memes a run for their money! These sinister birds of prey know how to give some serious side-eye.

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Owl - Helen Martins, Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House. (23 December 1897 - 8 August 1976) en.wikipedia.org/...

Discover Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa: Sculpture park built by a fifty year-old widow. African History, Women In History, Going Blind, Eccentric Style, Tomorrow Is Another Day, Beautiful Home Designs, South African Artists, Artistic Installation, Photo B
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A Muse - Helen Martins and her Owl House

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