I count myself lucky to get invited by frie
nds to the Winter Sculpture Fair that was held this past weekend (4-5 May) organised by Art Logic. It was an event of sunshine, Franschhoek’s classic food and wine, and of course the sculpture exhibition After the Rainbow Nation: 2013.
Nestled in between the hills of trout farms, countryside and the Cradle of Humankind is the NIROX Sculpture Park. It is evident that this park was once a trout farm by the many ponds and little rivers in the middle of the expanse. The whole area is covered with grass, trees, hills and water—with scatterings of contemporary sculptures. Some areas are open like a small veld field, and others more dense and forest-like. All the same, it is beautiful and tranquil.
The NIROX is a privately owned park, which is closed to the public unless one is lucky enough to be invited. Apparently, Sculptors are invited for a certain time period where they are live on the premises while they create new works of art. The sculptor leaves a piece of their collection that remains at NIROX. Naturally, this was a perfect place to host the Winter Sculpture Fair.
We sat under the trees on blankets, drinking Leapard’s Leap and La Motte red wine, while eating chiabatta and preserves. The food and wine was all from Franschhoek’s well-known vintners and restaurants. This included food from Rueben’s restaurant, Bread & Wine, and Holden Manz and others. If you know Franschhoek, these are some of the most popular and trusted chefs and vigerons.
The day was perfect and warm, the food was in good taste, and the wine danced on my taste buds. But the event was under catered for and over crowded. The Food and wine was running out quickly. But despite this, I was able to see a different part of Gauteng—barely outside of Joburg—the countryside, which was comforting and beautiful, while still enjoying some of the finest things in life.
Other things to do in the Maropeng area:
Cycling along dirt roads
Visit the Cradle of Humankind
Have tea and cake, or pizza at Something Country restaurant
Visit one of the oldest mines in Gauteng
Take a look for more to do, by clicking here