Things To Do in BloemfonteinThe African Carousel at Oliewenhuis
Where? Oliewenhuis Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein, Free State
When? Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00.
Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00.
Sunday and Public Holidays from 13h00 to 17h00.
Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
How? Call +27 (0)51 447-9609
How much? Price on request
The Oliewenhuis Museum’s Colourful Carousel sprung from the desire to have a public sculpture that involved a number of different artists working with unusual materials. This initiative involved artists from all over South Africa, and sought to combine the African mythology that characterises this culture with a European concept of mythology.
This project began in 1994 and was finished in 1997. Significant donations were received by The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, The Foundation for the Creative Arts, The Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, and the Art and Culture Trust, amongst others. In addition to being a work of art, the carousel is about fun. It invites children to play on and explore it, removing the stigma of “untouchable art” and encouraging them to be a part of the sculpture.