Discover the world-class sculptures interspersed within Norval Foundation’s indigenous wetland garden, just behind the museum and restaurant. This walking tour leads you past thirteen powerful artworks by artists from across Africa, including the only large-scale Yinka Shonibare sculpture on the continent.
You’ll meet a man over six metres tall balancing on his head which the artist calls an ‘anti-monument’, and a hollowed-out woman with a cheeky smile. You’ll bump into a radically oversized film camera and a seven-metre tall handkerchief with a vibrant Dutch wax print, frozen in the wind.
Along the way you’ll hear from Keith Kirsten, who created the garden and is responsible for its thoughtful plant selection.
Keep a look out for the endangered western leopard toad! We’ve gone to great lengths to protect this winter resident by constructing concrete culverts for their safe passage from Steenberg Road to the wetland for mating season. Our garden has over 1,000 species of indigenous plants and countless creatures that hide among them, a kids’ play area and ample space to relax or take in the beautiful surroundings.
Whether you’re an art lover or a curious first-time visitor to the museum, this tour of Norval Foundation’s Sculpture Garden will give you fresh appreciation for art and nature. Give yourself at least an hour to enjoy the tour.