The striking stone sculptures of Zimbabwe (meaning “great stone house”) will be returning to Naples Botanical Garden from February 1st through March 24th, 2013. The success of last year’s show demonstrated that the Garden is a truly spectacular venue for sculpture exhibits and this year we will have over 100 new pieces representing over 40 artists installed in the gardens.
The stone sculpture of Zimbabwe has evolved over the last 40 years into a critically acclaimed and immensely popular art form. Artists are recognized for their technical and artistic skills, often communicating respect for their natural environment and reverence for their heritage. The sculptures on display this year will vary in height from 3 feet to 15 feet and will be placed throughout the gardens creating vignettes that inspire, surprise and delight.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Zimsculpt is the opportunity to interact with sculptors. Visitor favorite, sculptor Patrick Sephani, will be joined by fellow artist Passmore Mupindiko who will also be demonstrating the art of stone carving daily at the Garden. Both Sephani and Mupindiko are accomplished artists and engaging personalities who really bring their sculptures to life.
Curator, Vivienne Croisette will be providing informative daily tours of the installation, a great opportunity to learn about the history, symbolism and artists of Zimbabwean sculpture. We will also have a sales tent filled with both smaller sculptures and a variety of Zimbabwean crafts. The show is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm– check the website www.naplesgarden.org for updates on Zimsculpt related events.
About Naples Botanical Garden
For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please call Kara Laufer at 239-325-1910 or KLaufer@naplesgarden.org
Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, with an early opening time of 8 a.m. every Tuesday.