Sculptures from Zimbabwe

PUBLISHED: 19:45 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009

Sculptures at Knebworth Park

Sculptures at Knebworth Park

Zimbabwe translates into English as great stone house so what better way to showcase the art of the country than in an exhibition of evocative and beautiful stone sculptures. The gardens at Knebworth House is providing the perfect backdrop

'Zimbabwe' translates into English as 'great stone house' so what better way to showcase the art of the country than in an exhibition of evocative and beautiful stone sculptures.

The gardens at Knebworth House is providing the perfect backdrop for the Zimsculpt Exhibition daily until July 31.

The sculptures are set on plinths and have been placed in Knebworth gardens to excite and delight all those who visit.

Artists themselves can also be seen working on sculptures.

Knebworth's managing director, Martha Lytton-Cobbold, said: "We feel privileged to host an exhibition of this highly-acclaimed spiritual and yet truly contemporary artwork.

"It is quite thought-provoking that these sculptors are producing such inspiring work despite the political unrest in their country."

At the daily workshops staged by some of the artists visitors will have the opportunity to meet a talk with the sculptors.

Many of the pieces will be on sale and five per cent of all sales are donated by Zimsculpt to the Zimbabwean charity Inter-Country People's Aid.

One of the sculptors describes himself as 'a journalist in a different way' telling the story of Zimbabwe through my work.

Many of the artists reproduce what they see around them - babies being carried on backs, water pots, people returning from the fields and others are inspired by the birds and wildlife of Zimbabwe.

Women play a pivotal part of Zimbabwean society and many of the pieces reflect their importance in the culture.

Prices range from £3 to £15,000 with an average piece costing £200-£400.

The exhibition will visit just six sites countrywide this year, including The Grand Designs Live event at Excel in London and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Martha added: "This is an ideal opportunity for visitors to see this unique exhibition in Hertfordshire and I am sure it will hold a special place in their memories.

"We also hope to have an opportunity to invite some local artists to meet our visitors."

A spokeswoman for the exhibition said: "This is no ordinary sculpture exhibition. The artists have captured feelings of love, tenderness and compassion in a seemingly 'hard' medium and the outdoor setting complements their work and sets it off to perfection."

Any visitor to Knebworth will be able to view the exhibition during July and there will be no additional charge to view the collection.

For further details, contact the estate office, Knebworth House, Knebworth, SG3 6PY, 01438 812661 or visit www.knebworthhouse.com

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