A gallery of Nola Muller Viotti and her husband Gianni's quirky Cape garden in Noordhoek
Zen garden, an art studio and a miniature French poodle that barrels into your arms like an acrobat make up the welcoming party as you step into the courtyard of Nola Muller Viotti’s Noordhoek home in Cape Town. Humanoid sculptural forms made from plant roots hint at what awaits in the front garden, on the other side of th
Nic Bladen casts indigenous botanicals into bronze and silver, creating extraordinary artworks he hopes will last as fossils into the future
‘Somehow the orchid fraternity got hold of me,’ smiles sculptor Nic Bladen. It may sound like a plot twist in a floral conspiracy novel, but this was perhaps the turning point in his career. While making a living creating jewellery, he was asked by the president of the local orchid society to cast a few whole orchids in bronze.
A former dental technician, Bladen learned about bronze sculpture under the watchful eye of Otto du Plessis at Bronze Age before going out on his own. He’d been loping along when the orchid request came. ‘I cast a flower one day and that was it. Lightbulb moment.’
The orchid job success