Sitting Cheetah II

Although it depicts a predator in repose, there is a definite sense of alertness beneath Sitting Cheetah II's calm exterior, notably in the the twist of the head and the flick of the tail. This underlying tension is emphasised by the deeply incised textures, which have an almost brutal quality that furthers the sense of threat posed by even the seemingly relaxed animal. This expressionist treatment of texture is common to several of Lewis's later works.


Known as the Dorpsmeent, this walkway runs along the Mill Stream. The original Dutch settlers created a system of water furrows called “lei water” to direct water from the Eerste River to Mill Street, where the first hydraulically powered mill was constructed. Over time water was directed to five different mills. The townspeople also drew water from the stream to irrigate their kitchen gardens via this system of canals that covers almost 6km. The Mill Stream then crosses the traffic island on which stands Running Cheetah Pair II. Interestingly, unpaid slave labour built almost everything, including these irrigation canals, until the abolition of slavery in the Cape in 1834.