In celebration of the arrival of spring, establishments all over Cape Town have set up events to celebrate Garden Week. From botanical walks to flower-crown workshops, the mother city has blossomed with exciting events covering everything gardens — from root to petal.
When we think of Garden Week, the beach isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, a stunning mermaid was spotted at Dalebrook tidal pool in Kalk Bay.
Pieter Schoeman managed to capture the rare sighting of the mystical creature draped in gorgeous flowers and greenery on camera!
Turns out Pieter and his friend Theresa Harwood were behind this masterful creation, but we won’t tell the kids if you don’t!
“She consists of an old mannequin bust that I bought years ago for R40 at a market and a mermaid tail frame made for me from chicken mesh by Eddie, a wire artist from Kalk Bay,” says Pieter.
Pieter found the mannequin at a Rosebank market in 2009 and was drawn to its beautiful face (despite it having a large hole in its ‘head’). At the time, he didn’t know what he would use it for, but thought inspiration would come.
Pieter has always been fascinated with the mythical creatures and swims at Dalebrook often. On one of his daily dips, he spotted some kelp and thought it would make beautiful mermaid hair — a perfect fit for the head-hole.
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Garden week served as inspiration for his next mermaid creation, and we’re thrilled about it. Thank you Tessa and Pieter for bringing the Cape’s gardens to the beach in such a magical way…
Pictures: Pieter Schoeman