In an attempt to banish the darkness from her life, Helen Martins transformed her house into a kaleidoscope of rich blues, reds and greens, among other vibrant colours. She covered her walls with crushed glass and every window is tinted. The result is the enigmatic Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda. Photo: K van der Wielen
Nieu-Bethesta is home to the Owl House where Helen Martin lived. She was regarded as an eccentric old woman and lived as a recluse, devoting her life to making hundreds of figures and statues from cement and glass. These are on display behind the Owl House in the area known as the Camel Yard. Her artistic hand had touched every space of her house. The walls, ceilings and even the doors were decorated by finely ground glass of various colours.