This Mother’s Day, treat mom for a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum to see ZimSculpt, a new world-renowned exhibit of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden now through July 31.
Moms will not only love this gift to the garden, but it’s also a great outing to celebrate the special women in your life including aunts, grandmas and girlfriends.
The Dallas Arboretum hosted a group of my friends to be among the first to see this amazing exhibit, which includes more than 100 exquisite sculptures of several dozen contemporary Zimbabwean artists.
As you walk through the garden, the sculptures surprise you at every turn with their impressive size, creativity, beauty and substance.
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.
This sculpture is the most collected form of African art. ZimSculpt pieces can be found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rodin Museum and in the homes of the Prince of Wales, the Rockefellers, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover and the late Michael Jackson.
We caught up with two of Zimbabwe’s finest artists, Aron Kapembeza and Passmore Mupindiko, during our recent visit to the garden.
They explained that Zimbabwe has a long history of stone carving beginning with artists from the 1950s who taught their children how to carve sculpture from stone. This knowledge was passed down to succeeding generations.
ZimSculpt resonates with the roots from the artists’ homeland whereas everything is done by hand. Having Aron and Passmore in residence at the Dallas Arboretum this summer brings the exhibit’s artistry to life.
You can watch them as they chisel stone and create their next works of art right in front of your very eyes. It gives visitors just a glimpse of how much work goes into creating these inspirational masterpieces.
The ladies and I also enjoyed shopping in the ZimSculpt Marketplace, located in the Dallas Arboretum’s Pecan Grove.
That’s where visitors can purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the ones created by the onsite artists. You’ll also find affordable jewelry, cherished souvenirs and unique gifts perfect for Mother’s Day.
After our strolling through the garden to admire the exhibit, my friends and I headed over the lawn to enjoy a picnic and watch the sunset over the lake.
It was a wonderful way to cap off a lovely evening during the arboretum’s extended Wednesday hours and celebrate our friendship among the beauty and the splendor of the garden.