There’s something in the water of South Africa's Karoo that grows bizarre places and wacky people. Or maybe it's just that wide open spaces lure free spirits whose brains are wired a little differently. Next time you’re in the area, stop at Calvinia’s Rustic Art tucked away from the main drag and you’ll unearth the kind of thing I mean – a weird world in the Karoo.
Rustic Art in Calvinia’s Stigling Street is a similar journey into a fun and funky mind.
A wide gate made of bits of rusted metal had part of a blue-green truck door slipped in for good measure – an inspired door-within-a-door structure. On either side of the gate, a giant ceramic insulator from a power line spiralled into the sky.
But what a cracking excuse to come back again on a weekday to visit the other-worldly planet of Rustic Art.
1. Find Rustic Art at 39 Stigling Street, Calvinia. If you’re approaching on the main road (R27) from Cape Town, turn left into Dorp Street then left again at the next corner into Stigling Street. Believe me, you can’t miss it.
3. Come hungry and buy a loaf of freshly baked bread from the bakery on the premises.
4. Phone 027 341-1423 or 083 656-8592; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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