The Norval Foundation, a new and impressive art destination located in Steenberg, Cape Town, opened its doors on April 28th 2018 and has since hosted showcases and art exhibitions with global appeal, all in an environment that inspires an appreciation for nature.
Located adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park, the foundation was designed by dhk Architects and features world-class galleries, a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, research library and, restaurant and bar, The Skotnes.
The Norval Foundation’s property grounds and sculpture garden was landscaped by horticulturist and landscape designer, Keith Kirsten. Kirsten conceptualises, creates and looks after large-scale landscapes and represents some of the world’s leading plant breeders.
With his gardening and landscaping techniques, Kirsten has preserved the foundation’s sensitive ecosystem and also what happens to be the habitat of the endangered Western Leopard Toad. The wetland and its surrounding area have been revived by removing all alien and invasive plant species, and replanted with locally indigenous fynbos, indigenous plants and some naturalised species.
Keeping with the environmentally friendly and sustainable theme, the foundation is also powered by an array of solar panels installed on its roof and operates on a greywater purification system, which further reduces its impact on the environment.
On the 19th of July 2018 the Norval Foundation will be hosting a Keith Kirsten guided tour of their Sculpture Garden where he will explain the process of reviving this natural wetland area. For further details about the event and ticket purchases, which will include treats at The Skotnes Restaurant, visit www.norvalfoundation.org.