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This well-known statue is also taken from the book.

Helen’s Rubáiyát: Imagery in the Camel Yard

Everyone who visits the Owl House and Camel Yard will always experience something completely different. Some feel an eerie presence, as if Helen is still tending to her birds and flowers, touching up statues and drinking tea in the kitchen, while others will see the hard work that has gone into creating the marvel that […]

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The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins‘ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and […]

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Photo by Sarina Engelbrecht

A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk

It was with great sadness that the village of Nieu Bethesda said goodbye to one of their long-time residents recently who moved to the coastal town of Jeffrey’s Bay after years of living in the village. Huldah van Wyk has been a part of the Owl House and the Owl House Foundation for more than […]

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It takes a village: The Owl House and its legacy

It has been 41 years since Helen Martins, the renowned outsider artist and creator of the Owl House took her own life. Throughout these years it took a lot of hard work and selfless volunteers giving their time and effort to keep the Owl House, as it stands today, intact and running. Over the years, […]

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