ZimSculpt, a world renowned exhibition of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, features over 100 sculptures on display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

April 15-July 31, 2017

This is the largest collection ever assembled for a show in the United States. Known as Shona sculpture, these contemporary pieces can be as large as seven feet tall and are hand carved from stone, as hard as granite. ZimSculpt will feature exquisite sculptures of several dozen contemporary Zimbabwean artists displayed throughout the garden.

Known as Shona sculpture, these contemporary pieces are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. As part of the exhibit, guests are welcome to watch artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza demonstrate their artistry carving statues daily in The Marketplace, which is located in the Pecan Grove.

Visitors may purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the pieces created by the onsite artists in The Marketplace. The Marketplace will be open to guests seven days a week, and on Wednesday evenings, selling hand-held to medium size sculptures. Commissioned pieces can be ordered and made onsite by the artists.

We will also have a host of special events explaining the history of the art form, allowing guests to learn about the techniques and even attempt a bit of sculpting themselves, giving guests the opportunity to take a guided tour of the exhibit and more.

See Summer Activities Here.

Daily Activities

ZimSculpt Marketplace

April 15-July 31, Daily, Pecan Grove
ZimSculpt artists are on site sculpting new pieces available for purchase in The Marketplace.

Guided ZimSculpt Garden Tours

Thursdays through July 27, 10-11 a.m. In front of the ZimSculpt Marketplace Tent

Learn about the history and artistry surrounding ZimSculpt, featuring 100+ hand-carved stone sculptures throughout the garden. Tour through the exhibit with the curator, and capture some of her passion for this time-tested art form. Tours begin at the the ZimSculpt Marketplace tent in Pecan Grove where you can purchase a ZimSculpt piece to take home to remember the day.

Featured Events

Bandan Koro – African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Select Saturdays and Sunday, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

July 22 10:00 a.m. & 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Move to the beat of African drum and dance ensemble, Bandan Koro, performing on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

Africa Day Celebration

Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 10a.m. & 1p.m.

Join the curator of ZimSculpt and the artists in residence to hear how they celebrate Africa Day, similar in nature to our Independence Day, in Zimbabwe.

Performance by Kupira Marimba

Saturday, July 22, 12:00 p.m.

Listening to Kupira Marimba, best known for their lively, family-friendly performances, has been known to cause an uncontrollable urge to dance. They will have guests happily swaying as they stroll the garden or stop by the concert state to sit and relax.

Performance by Zimbabwe Choir, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church

Saturday, July 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Enjoy the inspiring voices of the Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church Zimbabwe Choir.

About the onsite artists:

Aron Kapembeza: Aron is one of Zimbabwe's most successful and most represented artists; he is also a self-taught sculptor, specializing in Springstone and stone inlay. He maintains his studio and gallery in New Tafara, Harare. At a young age, he discovered that he could see the finished sculptures hidden in Springstone, and from that moment a transformation began, which has snapped the soul of an artist. His passion for the human form has made him develop his own expressive style - womanhood from tender ages to motherhood, and this can be seen in a wide range of gorgeous sculptures ranging from stylized to representational in the Marketplace and Garden.

Passmore Mupindiko: Passmore started carving at a young age; his favorite medium was wood. After a life-changing visit to a famous art community called Tengenenge in Zimbabwe, he was convinced by the proprietor Tom Blomfield, to start sculpting in stone. He now creates all his work in stone, focusing on leaf bowls (used for attracting birds), slender guinea fowl, shells, and leaf heads. His work has been exhibited all over the world, including countries such as France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark.


BOGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays through July 31

Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.

Senior Thursdays

Thursdays, April 15 through July 31

Senior-friendly tours and activities are offered each Thursday during the festival. Admission is $11 for those 65 and older, and seniors receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store on Thursdays.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

See a complete listing of all children's adventure garden activities.

Speakers Bureau:

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Dallas Blooms or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at speakers@dallasarboretum.org.


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