Story Telling

The sculpture garden has been developed by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.Its object as set out in its act is a philosolophical and an educational one to make the public aware of the development of stone sculpture from the 1st generation sculptors up unto contempory Zimbabwean stone sculpture and cultural activities. Early Shona stone sculpture can be roughly described as afro-expressionism. Imaginary figures often unite anthropomorphic, animal and plant forms to a new surrealistic, biomorphic whole of symbolic meaning. Rich myths of the ancestral spirits culture, which are still deeply ingrained in the minds of rural people in Zimbabwe act often as compelling sources of inspiration to the artists. Some too are driven by their concern that these traditional beliefs, and are passed on from one generation to the next by the stories told by grandmothers to their grandchildren, risk being lost in the rapid transition to modern life styles and that they must give them permanence through visual expression. Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe reflects the pantheistic perception of nature by its peoples both in the way it is worked and in what it represents. The characteristics of animals, the animations of human forms and characteristics demonstrate innate understanding of the world while forming a perfect story book for use all to revere and enjoy.

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