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. dallasarboretum.org