The Eco-Shrine & Gallery
Promoting Respect for Nature
The approach to the Eco-Shrine begins with a long, leafy tunnel of Hazelnut trees that opens into a spacious, park-like garden. The visitor's eye is soon drawn to a 6 meter high tree sculpture Diana Graham carved from the remains of a Redwood tree that had been struck by lightning.
As one proceeds down an avenue of blue hydrangeas, the three Hogsback Mountains, the forested Tyume Valley and the plains stretching all the way to the coastline come into view. In the foreground the carved cement enclosure of the Eco-Shrine with its large oil paintings and mosaics, fits perfectly into the surroundings and looks as if it has always been there.
Diana Graham shows each visitor around the Eco-Shrine and the Gallery, explaining as she does so, the inspiration behind this unique art installation, which she built in 1995.
The Eco-Shrine is definitely not linked to any one particular religion. As the name suggests, this beautiful place is imbued with a sense of homage.
Over the years it has become one of the major tourist attractions in the area. Diana says that it seems to generate a life of its own with meditations, weddings, book launches, art exhibitions, etc. Diana also runs environmental art workshops for school learners.
The Eco-Shrine has won several international and local awards including the Green Dove Award from the United States, a Mail and Guardian Green Trust Award, and an Eastern Cape Premier's Award.
Diana and the Eco-Shrine have been featured on several TV programmes as well as BeautifulNews.
The outdoor Eco-Shrine and Eco-Shrine Gallery are open to visitors:
Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays.
Open on Public Holidays
Open daily during school holidays.
Hours: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm