Yinka Shonibare Cape Town Sculpture Gardens

Wind Sculpture III displayed in New York.

Yinka Shonibare: Cape Town Sculpture Garden set for a historic first

What a coup for the Mother City!

Yinka Shonibare Cape Town Sculpture Gardens

Wind Sculpture III displayed in New York.

Yinka Shonibare is coming back to her African roots next year, as his latest piece of art is set to go on display at the Cape Town Sculpture Garden.

The design – Wind Sculpture (SG) III (2018) – is a stunning triumph of artistic vision, and is a magnificent sight to behold. Shonibare is a British-Nigerian and that connection to his continental heritage is there for all to see:

Cape Town Sculpture Gardens Yinka Shonibare
After being on display in New York, Wind Sculpture III is heading to Cape Town next year (Supplied).

Where is the Cape Town Sculpture Garden?

Elana Brundyn is the Chief Executive and Chief Curator of the Norval Foundation. They are a centre for art and cultural expression, dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond.

Located in Steenberg – around 20km from Cape Town CBD – the foundation plays host to the sculpture garden itself, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces and the library, situated in a unique and tranquil setting.

Brundyn is under no illusions as to what a coup this is for the garden:

“Norval Foundation is honoured to include Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture (SG) III (2018) on permanent display, which is a first for our continent. We believe this is an important moment for the Foundation as Shonibare’s work will add to our Exhibition Programme and enrich our offering to the local community, contributing to our children’s future.”

When can I see Yinka Shonibare’s art in South Africa?

It goes on display on 13 February 2019 – so it might be a nice and early idea to make a plan for Valentines Day. Nothing says romance quite like a slow and steady walk, surrounded by both natural and human-made beauty.

A talented team of curators and gifted artists have allowed Norval Foundation to put together a dynamic exhibition programme for 2018-2019, with the aim of making art widely accessible to all tourists.

If you are interested in visiting, here’s what you need to know: You can either pay R140 for one-time admission or buy a membership for R200 that allows you to visit the Norval Foundation all year round. Whatever your choice, it’s money well spent.