One of a kind: Owl House

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Helen Matins owl house in New Bethesta, South Africa. Truley amazing, inspirational.

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The Owl House at Nieu-Bethesda
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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...

Helen Martins, The Owl House

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The Owl House: Was she mad or quite sane?

The small hamlet of Nieu Bethesda is sometimes called "the village left behind in time." To some degree, that is the choice of its inhabitants. For example, the villagers chose to keep their dirt streets, even though the government was willing to pave them. So, you drive miles from Graaff-Reinet on pot-holed, rugged gravel roads to get to Nieu Bethesda. Why go there at all? Because it has also become known as a small artisan village - with an active women's art cooperative, several small…

Helen Martins

The Owl House

Helen Martins

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The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa. The house itself was transformed by Helen Martins. She began an obsessive project around 1945 to decorate her home and garden. Martins used cement, glass and wire to decorate the interior of her home and later build sculptures in her garden. Almost all the walls of the interior of the house were covered in decorative and colourful crushed glass. In 1964, Koos Malgas helped her build the sculptures in her garden.

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Current reviews of film and theatre. Enlightened critique of film and theatre with a philosophical slant, focussing on arts impact on contemporary culture.

Helen in Camel Yard, courtesy of the Owl House Foundation

Preserved for posterity

Helen Martins’s mesmerising artistic legacy is an economic lifeline for an isolated Karoo dorpie, writes Nerine Dorman.


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The Owl House, Helen Martins

The Owl House, Helen Martins

Tony's Place: Visionary Environment – Helen Martins and The Owl House of Nieu Bethesda

Visionary Environment – Helen Martins and The Owl House of Nieu Bethesda

“On a cold winters' morning in 1976, at the age of seventy-eight, Helen Martins took her own life by swallowing caustic soda.” (From the biography of Helen Martins on the official Owl House Foundation site So ended the tragic yet somehow beautiful life of a colourful character whose artistic vision and psychological depth went mostly unnoticed by her neighbours in the dusty, out-of-the-way Great Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda. Helen Martins, who went on to create…

Owl House | Nieu Bethesda | South Africa | Modern Overland

Owl House | Nieu Bethesda | South Africa