Photographer's Note

I've posted a couple of other shots taken in the ‘Camel Yard’, the remarkable sculpture garden of “outsider artist" Helen Martin.

Spirituality is an overarching theme and alongside Christian and Buddhist imagery Islam is represented. Helen had an extraordinary fascination for Mecca and she wanted to build a Mecca before she died. In search of photos, she located the Young Men’s Muslim Association, and began a correspondence with them, explaining that she hoped to build a Mecca of her own in her yard in South Africa. Martins’ Mecca was built from concrete and embellished with beer and wine bottles, “the absolute antithesis of what the Young Muslim men would have appreciated,” noted Martins’ friend. Mecca was inspirational to Helen Martins and she, in turn, inspired Athol Fugard, one of South Africa’s most imminent playwrights. Fugard’s The Road to Mecca is a story about a reclusive woman, a visionary artist who is shunned by her community. The play has appeared on stages throughout the United States and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1988.

This shot was taken from the inside of Helen Martins' ‘Mecca’.
See and for further information about this remarkable woman.

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