It is no secret that our family loves visiting gardens. We are members of our local Botanical Gardens and go numerous times throughout the year. Another favorite of ours is the Dallas Arboretum. Each time we visit there is something new to see. The flower blooms are always changing and they bring in exhibits to showcase. Right now, until July 31st, Dallas Arboretum is hosting ZimSculpt – an exhibition of contemporary stone sculptures.
Appearing for the first time in the southern U.S., more than 100 exquisite Zimbabwean modern sculptures are artfully displayed throughout the garden.
The sculptures are breathtaking and the views at the gardens are picture perfect.
There is a variety of textures, colors, shapes and sizes to see. Some you wouldn’t think to see outside of a museum and others you wish you could take home.
They were beautifully displayed around the gardens on wooden stumps surrounded by the greenery and flowers. This made them even more stunning to photograph and enjoy.
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 Dallas Arboretum’s Pecan Grove.
Wishing you had a Zimbabwean sculpture in your yard or home? You can make that happen!
Visitors may purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the ones created by the onsite artists in The Marketplace. The Marketplace will be open to guests seven days a week, and on Wednesday evenings, selling sculptures of all sizes. Commissioned pieces can be ordered and made onsite by the artists.
My daughter had her sights on the small elephant sculpture while the mom holding her child spoke to me. Some were more playful while others had a modern twist.
These magnificent works of art are being enjoyed by guests of all ages. Head over to the Dallas Arboretum for some fun in the sun this summer.
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