Posts Tagged ‘sculptures’

Zimsculpt at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Tucked among the rose bushes, ferns and shrubbery of the VanDusen Botanical Gardens are hundreds of exquisitely carved stone sculptures — everything from whimsical animals to family groups or mothers nursing newborns.  This showcase of unique work, Zimsculpt, is an exciting exhibit of never before seen work by Zimbabwe sculptors. Vancouver is their last stop on a tour that started in England.DSC09977

This new African art movement started back in 1950 when Frank McEwan of Scotland was appointed as the first director of the National Art Gallery in what was then Rhodesia.  He quickly discovered the wide variety of native stone in Zimbabwe which was suitable for sculpting, and began to encourage Zimbabwean artists to carve in stone instead of wood.DSC09997

Most of the sculpture is carved in one of the four ative stones.  Butter jade (butterstone), is a creamy yellow colour with dark striations;  Opal stone, a greenish hue with an almost translucent surface, sometimes speckled;  Serpentine, varying from blackk, brown to green, orange and varigated ranges of hardness; and Springstone a beautiful dark stone that can be polished to a high sheen.

Since the ZimSculpt organization began to display these magnificent stone cavings, many of the Zimbabwean sculptors have gained international recognition.  Proceeds from sculptures sold at the Garden go directly to the artists. Prices usually range from $150 to $5,000.  Other proceeds go back into Zimbabwe.DSC00183

DSC00075You can watch some of the sculptors at work under a canopy just as you enter the Garden, at the start of the exhibit.  They will be happy to answer questions and talk about the art movement in Zimbabwe.  The show’s curator, Vivienne Croissette, selectsd the artists and art and works with the artists to place the sculptures in appropriate locations around the garden.   ZimSculpt ends October 4, so be sure to see it.  I spent several hours wandering the pathways of the gardens totally enthralled.  There are hundreds of sculptures and each piece appears magically from hidden niches among the flora of the Gardens.  Follow the arrows on the signs that lead you around the winding pathways. Maps are available at the Garden entrance.DSC00185

VanDusen Gardens

5251 Oak St. (at 37th Ave)

TEL: 604-878-9274



1 places are mentioned in this post!
Click on the place name to learn more

No Comments

Permalink |

Recent Articles in this category

A Pleasant Stroll along False Creek from the Roundhouse.

One of the loveliest places to walk or cycle in the city is along False Creek.  This past weekend I started from Waterfront Station, caught the Canada Line to Yeletown/Roundhouse station and walked over to eh Roundhouse Community Centre where there was a Mexican Fest. The new metro line makes it so...
September 17th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cycle, History & Information, Outdoors & Recreation, parks, recreation, sculptures, walk

A teensey tiny world – Willard Wigan’s sculptures

I’ve always been fascinated by tiny things. Most people are. I can almost guarantee, if you take a matchbox out of your pocket and just push the little drawer out very slightly, most people will home in on it and ask you what’s inside – and they’re not looking for the answer...
September 15th, 2009 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: museum street, sculptures, Willard Wigan

Art Opening at Gallery N2 – Aurelia Muñoz

Barcelona is known for being artsy-fartsy. One of the most effective ways to get a glimpse of the art world in the city is to go to an inauguration of a new show by a local artist. Consider checking out artist Aurèlia Muñoz’s show which opens up with a party on the 17th of September 2009. Expect...
September 5th, 2009 | thebarcelonaguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, Aurelia Muñoz, Events, exhibitions, galleries, N2 Galería, sculptures, The Arts

A Walk Through Auckland’s Waterfront

Are you looking for a leisurely walk that virtually costs nothing but is culturally enriching?  Auckland has the Waterfront Sculpture Walk that you can try. Start at the Britomart transport centre where you will find art works by the architect Mario Madayag and artist Michael Parekowhai. Wander around...
August 4th, 2009 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: artworks, Attractions, auckland waterfront, sculptures, The Arts, walks