The Winter Sculpture Fair

I am plagued at the beginning of each May with the thought of Mother’s Day. Each year there seems to be a rise in standard for another original present idea or group activity to show my mother just how much my sister and I care. And, at the risk of discrediting my dear mother, we have in the past been told off for less-than-expected Mother’s Day participation and spoiling. So you can imagine my joy when I came across The Winter Sculpture Fair that happened to fall on this year’s day of maternal appreciation.

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I had no idea what to expect when I bought the tickets and was really blown away by the whole experience, and most importantly, so was my mother. The Fair was at Nirox Sculpture Park which is a privately owned piece of land about 30 minutes drive outside of Johannesburg. The owners of the land have provided one of the most beautiful settings for artists to install their pieces. It is to my understanding that they provide free board and lodging for sculptors on the condition that they leave whatever they create in the park.

The event was bustling to say the least, as any event with the whiff of Cape Town usually has in Johannesburg. Restaurants and wine farms from Franschoek were set up in two massive marquees and we really were treated to some amazing cuisine. Once we fought through crowds for food and wine, we then set up a blanket amongst the trees and sculptures and soaked in the winter sun. One really couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Sunday. We also took a nice stroll through the huge park, taking in the pieces and scenery.

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I was suitably impressed with the park and I am looking forward to some good drives out of Johannesburg for an afternoon spent under a tree with a book. The park is open to the public on weekends from 10:00 – 15:00, follow the jump to their website if you’d like some more info: Nirox Sculpture Park


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