There’ve been a fair amount of changes around Uitsig, but one thing that hasn’t changed, is the farm’s affinity with birds. Having featured on Uitsig’s old logo, Constantia Uitsig’s new logo and wine labels again pay homage to the farm and surrounding area’s feathered inhabitants.
Fine Artist, Andrew Barlow, illustrated the pictures, and chatting with him, I discovered more about why he was the perfect choice to collaborate with. Having illustrated birds for the ‘Roberts Birds of Southern Africa’ collection, he explains,
“From an early age, I’ve been a birder, so working on these illustrations was rewarding for me. I strove to find a simplistic image of something that would express an attitude of ‘joie de vivre’ as well as something that embodies the Cape’s splendid natural richness. Conservation is going to be a major aspect of Constantia Uitsig’s future and it is approached in a very humble and genuine way that is truly committed to restoring the farms natural diversity. It is because of this modesty, care and attention to detail that I thought a collection of little birds would be appropriate.”
Having fixed and redirected the sewerage pipes that had previously been leaking into the Constantia watercourse, the small valley at the back of the farm is being rehabilitated to become a sanctuary for indigenous birds and plants alike.
Andrew continues, “Knowing that Uitsig is in the process of building a healthier environment for indigenous plants and birds, we tried to match each bird with indigenous plants of similar colouring. Instead of focusing on exotic birdlife, we chose to focus on the common birdlife around the farm – and I think that’s rather special to note. There’s immense beauty to be found in the ordinary… we just have to look for it… to choose to find the thrill in the everyday. To look through the window and see a little prinia and say, ‘Wow!’”