Zimsculpt at VanDusen Botanical Garden – An Exhibition of Zimbabwean Sculpture

Euwitt Nyanhongo, Awakening, Springstone

Euwitt Nyanhongo, Awakening, Springstone

I spent my Saturday at VanDusen Botanical Garden, seeing the Zimsculpt exhibit: Over 150 pieces of extraordinary Zimbabwean shona (stone) sculpture dramatically displayed amidst the natural beauty of VanDusen’s gorgeous landscapes and gardens.

This critically-acclaimed world-tour showcases—and sells—the latest work from Zimbabwe’s best sculptors. There are both famous names and newcomers among the over 100 artists on display, and each piece of art is “direct, powerfully human and beautiful.”

I loved seeing these pieces. Many were, indeed, profoundly lovely and moving. I found myself especially drawn to the images of women and children. These were some of my favourites:

Square Chikwanda, Seated Girl, Opal Stone

Square Chikwanda, Seated Girl, Opal Stone

Vimbai Mashaya, Mother & Child, Springstone

Vimbai Mashaya, Mother & Child, Springstone

Ambrorose Marasha, Dreaming of Flying, Springstone

Ambrorose Marasha, Dreaming of Flying, Springstone

Also on-site are Patrick Sephani and Passmore Mupindiko, two of the Zimsculpt artists. Sephani has one sculpture on display by the lake, Humble Woman, while you can see (and buy) Mupindiko’s work in the sale tent.

Zimbabwean sculptors Patrick Sephani and Passmore Mupindiko

Zimbabwean sculptors Patrick Sephani and Passmore Mupindiko

Despite being hard at work on new pieces—watch them working and you’ll see the amazing artistry and effort it takes to create these breathtaking sculptures—both Sephani and Mupindiko will answer any questions you have about the show and sculpting process. They’re present for the duration of the exhibit.

Sculptor Patrick Sephani at work

Sculptor Patrick Sephani at work

Zimsculpt will be at the VanDusen Botanical Garden through October 4, 2009, and is free with the price of admission to the Garden.

I highly recommend visiting. I really loved this show! (I just wish I could afford my favourite piece!)

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2 Responses to Zimsculpt at VanDusen Botanical Garden – An Exhibition of Zimbabwean Sculpture

  1. Thankyou very much for your wonderful comments Dana.

    We’re very happy to have been invited to this beautiful City of Vancouver and hope to be back next year!! So you have time to save ;-)

    With warm wishes to everyone who has visited…

    Vivienne
    Founder, Zimsculpt.com

  2. villa

    Hi Vivian
    I bought a piece yesterday called Curious Bird, loved the piece. However, I was told that the piece I bought would be polished and brought to my car. I did not recheck the piece or pay any attention to it last night. However, this morning when I went to put it up I noticed that the base seems to have sections that is not “scultputured”- and one wing seems to be scratched-something that I am sure was not there when we spent an hour or more checking this piece. I am wondering if when polishing it this piece was damaged?