The village of Nieu Bethesda is situated just over 50km from Graaff-Reinet, off the N9, in the Eastern Cape (80km from Richmond and 90km from Middelburg). Nowadays the village boasts a wide variety of businesses, restaurants and art galleries, with Helen Martins’ Owl House still one of the greatest allures.
The Owl House has for years been a major source of attraction to Nieu Bethesda, which largely depends on tourism to survive.
The Camel Yard
A procession of camels and wise men are making their way “east”. The caravan is in fact traveling north to south and not true east. Helen has written the words “East/Oos” on the boundary fence, creating a place where the sun and moon rise and the direction in which men turn to in prayer. The whole of the Owl House and Camel Yard is filled with many stories and themes, inspired by books and images. Welcome to Helen’s Mecca.