Cheetah Chasing Buck

The tension between predator and prey has been a constant theme in Lewis's work, allowing him to explore great variations of scale and power. This is the last of his series of animal sculptures, before he turned his attention to the human figure. Conceived in the round, it is the culmination of his ability to capture the dynamism and drama of the natural moment, and Lewis's ongoing interest in the energetic swirls found in nature can be seen even in the spiral form of its composition. Free of the geometric base that constrained much of his early work, Cheetah Chasing Buck is a celebration of movement done entirely in the round. The weightlessness of the buck and its suspension see Lewis moving away from the earth-bound quality so dominant in his previous work, and there is more than a slight hint here of the graceful and at times even surrealistically balletic human figures that were to come next. Nonetheless, Lewis was still depicting the animal form very literally and with great dimensionality and realism.

The Town Hall

Built in the 1930s on the foundations of an old Wesleyan Parsonage, many feel that the Town Hall is most significant as a reminder of the debt Stellenbosch owes to Dr Anton Rupert, who started Historical Homes of South Africa in
1966 in order to preserve South Africa's historical buildings.