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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. ZimSculpt is passionate about promoting the work of some of the finest Zimbabwean sculptors. Sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza will demonstrate their artistry by carving statues live in the Pecan Grove, with using chisels, hammers, files and sandpaper to create these works, while guests watch and learn about this art and try to carve themselves. The artists often use stones that are more than a ton, and large-scale works can often take months to create.
Visitors may purchase all the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the ones created by the onsite artists, from The Marketplace, located in Dallas Arboretum's Pecan Grove. The Marketplace will be open to guests seven days a week and on Wednesday evenings, selling hand-held to medium size sculpture. Commissioned pieces, complementing the style of each of the artists, can be ordered and made on site.
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.
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.