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 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.”

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

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | 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 feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | 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 feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

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

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The Interior of the Owl House - the house where Helen Martins lived.      This museum is a must visit for all who have time to spend in the Karoo.      The Owl House is situated in Nieu-Bethesda, a little artistic town about 60km from Graaff-Reinet.     For more information on what to & see in the area visit - http://www.camdeboocottages.co.za/index.php/nieu-bethesda

‘The Owl House’ in the remote Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda.

Kitchen, The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Interior of Helen Martins' house; used ground-up glass to decorate the walls of her house

Helen Martin's bedroom, the Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa

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