A rural paradise, stop in at the church at Nieu Bethesda when you're next in town.

A rural paradise, stop in at the church at Nieu Bethesda when you're next in town.

the Owl House - South Africa (I have never been here, but I hope to see it one day)    *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden.    Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her…

Owl House

the Owl House - South Africa *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen'

The owl house nieu-bethesda

Helen Martins was the creative force behind Nieu Bethesda's Owl House, a weird and wonderful paradise of concrete figurines and light reflecting glass.

Nieu-Bethesda    http://www.camdeboocottages.co.za/index.php/visit-the-valley-of-desolation

Nieu-Bethesda http://www.camdeboocottages.co.za/index.php/visit-the-valley-of-desolation

Cement Statues in the backyard of the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda made by Helen Martins & Koos Malgas.

Cement statues in the backyard of the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, made by Helen Martins & Koos Malgas.

The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Owl House and surrounding Camel Yard contain over 300 concrete and glass sculptures created by Helen Elizabeth Martins and her assistants. Almost all of the sculptures face towards the east, many depicting a pilgrimage to a suitably positioned nativity scene. Helen Martins was almost 50 before she started decorating the Owl House and creating her marvelous sculptures.

The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Owl House and surrounding Camel Yard contain over 300 concrete and glass sculptures created by Helen Elizabeth Martins and her assistants. Almost all of the sculptures face towards the east, many depicting a pilgrimage to a suitably positioned nativity scene. Helen Martins was almost 50 before she started decorating the Owl House and creating her marvelous sculptures.

The owlhouse in Nieu Bethesda. Helen Martins is an extraordinary example of outsider art. Ostracised in her life time but now her legacy causes the entire village to prosper.

The owlhouse in Nieu Bethesda. Helen Martins is an extraordinary example of outsider art. Ostracised in her life time but now her legacy causes the entire village to prosper.

The Owl House of Helen Martins in South Africa.  Have a look at other pictures!

Exploring Helen Martin's Outside Art Mecca--The Owl House

Peruse a gallery of images from The Owl House in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa, a huge area of art and sculpture.

Interior of the Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda. #Karoo Photo: K van der Wielen

Interior of the Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda. Photo: K van der Wielen

The Owl House

Helen Martins' Owl House, often cited as South Africa's finest example of outsider art, is an extraordinary, other-worldly home of concrete and ground glass sculptures.

The Owl House: Donkeys, Sheep and Camels

Exploring Helen Martin's Outside Art Mecca--The Owl House

Helen Martins

Discover Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa: Sculpture park built by a fifty year-old widow.

The Camel Yard with concrete sculptures surrounding The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Photos and pictures of: The Camel Yard with concrete sculptures surrounding The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa - The Africa Image Library

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