An exhibition of Zimbabwean stone sculptures entitled ‘Mystery in Stone’ will be held at Borde Hill Garden between 28th April and 9th September 2012.
The sculptures will be placed against the dramatic backdrop of Borde Hill Garden, with spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and the beautiful Rose and Italian Gardens in June and July.
Thirty-five extraordinary contemporary hand carved stone sculptures by Shona artists, encapsulate the four themes of family, joy, sorrow and rites of passage, depicting their culture, religious beliefs and everyday life and of course the political hardships that the artist have endured in the past ten years.
Mystery in Stone has travelled around the world to much acclaim from art collectors and the public and this stunning collection comes to Borde Hill Garden after its well attended show at RHS Garden Hyde Hall through out last summer 2011.
The group was established around twelve years ago as the artists’ vision of themselves, their work and to display their extraordinary creative skills. They have mastered the magic of interweaving colour, form, texture, essence, belief and emotion with stone. Each of them has devoted decades of effort in an apprenticeship to develop their talent and they have created some of the most influential fine African artwork of the last fifty years.
‘Mystery in Stone’ is also committed to the direct support of the Zimbabwean artists, their families, their community, and the education and care of the deceased family members of artists lost to Aids.
One of the artists Tawanda Sarireni who travels with the exhibition is available for any press interview or tour guide. Other artists include Jonathan Mhondorohuma who exhibited previously at Lincoln, Bermuda National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Missouri Botanical Gardens, USA and East Texas Aboretum...Athens Texas Dallas. Also Sylvester Mubayi who exhibited at Kew Gardens, London (2000) 'Sculpture Contemporaine des Shona d'Afrique', Musée Rodin, Paris (1971) and was included as one of the top ten sculptors in the world by The Guardian in 1991.
Published 6th April 2012
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