‘Where does animalkind end and humankind begin? What of the wild and the primitive within? In exploring these tantalising enigmas, Lewis searches wilderness, myth and ancient belief systems for inspiration, meaning and answers.’
With Untamed Lewis has, for the first time, collaborated with two other masters in their fields: Ian McCallum, an author, poet, psychiatrist, psychologist and wilderness guide, and Enrico Daffonchio, an architect who specialises in sustainable design.
The fulchrum of the exhibition is Daffonchio’s pavilion, a structure showcasing contemporary, sustainable design and employing solar power and light as energy sources. (A notable feature of the pavilion is the specially designed “living wall” of indigenous plants, highlighting the Kirstenbosch horticultural team’s world-renowned talents.) Here visitors can view a selection of Lewis’s sculptures, including the maquettes of monumental works that the sculptor has placed in specifically chosen areas of the garden, while engaging with the powerful narrative of wilderness and its importance to the human psyche through poetic word installations by Ian McCallum. From the pavilion, they can set out on a walking trail that takes in the various sculpture sites.