|Bele dancers frame a porch in a Tobago artist's home#|
At mid morning, there is light everywhere. Streaming in through formal or simple windows, it invites you to sit in the old Morris chairs. As it changes through the day, witness the chiaroscuro of fretwork. Through this alley, the pool appears in a blue study of mango and palm trees, the far sea and shifting sky.
|The bamboo gully embraces the site of the Kimme house|
When she bought the land atop the Mt Irvine estate, she was one of a handful of visionaries who appreciated the light sifting through a bamboo gully, the shelter of a slope and the quiet of the hilltop.
Luise Kimme came to Tobago in 1979. Though she continued to teach and sculpt in Dusseldorf in Germany, she was building a home in Tobago whose people, culture and energy inspired her life's work.
|Weathervane and friezes decorate the castle|
|Blue birds guard the spirit of the castle|
|Mythical creature and angels bless this space|
|The Tobago couple dances a jig at the roadside|
|Bronze sentinels protect the entrance|
Today, the Kimme house - called a castle, a museum, it was a home after all - on Kimme Drive, the other end of Aurora Drive, is a living monument to this complete artist. In her time, she was a writer, sculptor and painter. She was also the architect of her space, living in the light and in the shade organized to her vision. It became her hermit's shell.
Kimme's home reveals the mind of the mature artist, living large the last 20 years. Today, it is occupied by Dunieski Lora Pileta, the Cuban artist who helped Kimme with her bronze works. Hopefully, the castle at the top of Mt Irvine will remain a sanctuary for artists and for art in Tobago.
|The drawing room with windows to the sea|
|Through the front door|
|Hallway with drawings at the far end of the drawing room*|
|Open doors let in mid morning Tobago light|
|Massed rooflines, like a small village|
|The doorway at far end of the drawing room*|
|Porch looking across to Mt Irvine bay#|
|Fretwork and galvanize roofs, so Caribbean|
|Kimme discovered the jigsaw and created random and patterned fretwork|
|Stairway to the pool: doorway to the left leads to the gallery of small bronzes|
|Formal drawing room upper right, little gallery below|
|Upper left structure is a gallery of larger sculptures; fretwork frames the porch at right#|
|Alley alongside the kitchen features breeze blocks|
|Drawing room windows behind the banana leaves|
|Stairway to the sculptor's work space|
|Fretwork door with frog doorstop|
|Galvanize roof; open doors|
|Doorways are important in this mind-space|
|Fretwork encloses this hallway that is at the heart of the work space|
|Worktable, and at the far end towards the light, the hoist and tackle that Kimme used to lift giant pieces of wood|
|The gallery of small bronzes|
|And the light comes in ...|
|The Tobago face looks through louvre doors to the landscape|
|Galvanize and louvre doors|
|The library: a tiny room that was also used for interviews|
|If Tobago were a personality, it might be this, imagined by Kimme|