Fleurs de La Motte is a celebration of La Motte’s flora, combining the indigenous beauty of fynbos against the slopes of the Wemmershoek mountains, photographic Provence-like lavender fields, disas, the estate’s classic rose garden and of course the coral abundance of the Hanneli Rupert roses welcoming visitors to the estate.
The exhibition features vibrant and detailed paintings of the fynbos and flora on La Motte by Paula van Coller-Louw and a life-sized sculpture, The Blushing Bride, to be completed over a five-month period in the La Motte Museum, by Toby Megaw.
Stellenbosch-based Van Coller-Louw, acclaimed for her intriguing blossoms and symbolic commentary of plant life through four solo and 50 group exhibitions over the last 17 years, explores a new and developed perspective with her work for Fleurs de La Motte. “We are awed by its rugged beauty but have attempted, through our gardens, to tame it to our wills. Sometimes this contrast between wild, raw nature and the humanly-moulded forms of the cultivated and planned garden can bring a fresh perspective to how we view plant life.”
It is this emotion of colour, symbolic value and captivating detail of the tiniest and most delicate parts of the flowers such as La Motte’s Serruria Florida (Blushing Bride), Erica’s, Pincushion, Proteas, Hanneli Rupert roses and Disas, layered on canvas that intrigues the viewer.
As an interactive and educational addition to the exhibition, Toby Megaw will be sculpting a life-sized version of The Blushing Bride in the La Motte Museum. The sculpture will be casted in bronze and introduced to the La Motte gardens in the second half of the year. Megaw was also the commissioned artist of the 4 m tall Wine Bearer sculpture welcoming visitors to La Motte and says, “I am interested in exploring the beauty of how our humanity expresses itself through form, stance and subtle gesture. On another level, I am interested in exploring how shapes, volume and mass relate to each other and how lines flow through a piece.”
In combining the artistic interpretations of two established artists, La Motte not only brings a beautiful and unique art offering to the Franschhoek Valley, but again emphasis the importance of a sustainable relationship between mankind and nature – a passion that is clear from the brand’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and WWF Conservation Champion status.
Fleurs de La Motte runs from 1 February to 17 June 2018.
The La Motte Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00 (For winter hours: www.la-motte.com) Closed on Christian Religious holidays.
Entrance is free.Contact Details
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- Art in Clay 2014 – The Setting
- Art in Clay 2013 – Tables of the Cape, centuries of decorative and functional porcelain
- Art in Clay 2012 – Celebrating Women Potters
- Art in Clay 2011 – Potters no longer with us