Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents "ZimSculpt"
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents the return of the international blockbuster exhibit "ZimSculpt," a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures.
"ZimSculpt" features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. The statues are described as “strong and delicate, stark and complex, contemporary and exquisitely handmade.”
On opening day of ZimSculpt, May 1, the Dallas Arboretum hosts the first ever Black Heritage Celebration from 10 am-4 pm. The day is filled with events surrounding "ZimSculpt," cooking demonstrations, and Black-owned businesses showcasing and selling their crafts. At 1 pm in the Jonsson Color Garden, visitors are invited to watch the Black Crown fashion show highlighting local Black designers. From 2-4 pm, the Don Diego Band performs jazz and R&B.
"ZimSculpt" is passionate about promoting the work of some of the finest Zimbabwean sculptors. Therefore, as part of the exhibit, guests are welcome to watch artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Brighton Layson demonstrate their artistry on select days as they carve statues with chisels, hammers, files, and sandpaper.
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, which is located in the Dallas Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the sculptures and items in The Marketplace supports the Dallas Arboretum.