In 1972, the magnificent old house was named “Oliewenhuis” – due to the large number of olive trees which were growing in the surrounding hills (it means Olive House). Former State President PW Botha released the residence to the National Museum – it became the only art museum of its kind in the Free State and one of the youngest museums in the country.
Oliewenhuis is one of our favourite places to visit when we go to Bloemfontein and I would like to share some of it’s treasures with you!
The idea of a carousel came about when a decision was made to commission a sculpture that would involve more than one artist working in materials not normally used for outdoor public commissions. It was a nation wide project and it’s main theme are contents of African mythology which reflect the diversity of our beautiful country.It introduces children to the concept of art in a fun, colourful way, and in so doing encourages an audience for the future! The carousel project started in 1994 and took three years to complete. One of the very generous donors who ensured completion of the project was Father Frans Claerhout!