This permanent collection of twenty contemporary stone sculptures from Zimbabwe
debuted in 2001 and is one of the largest publicly owned and exhibited collections
of its kind. Located in the pedestrian corridor of the Transportation Mall between
the T Gates and Concourse A, it features twelve of Zimbabwe's top artists. Though
the Art Program chose these sculptures for their intrinsic beauty, the themes explored
by the artists also seem universal. The works delve into the importance of family,
humanity's relationship with nature and desire to be spiritually connected. The
Art Program hopes that these common themes resonate with passengers of all backgrounds.
To create each piece the talented Zimbabwean artists skillfully hand-carved the
stone to rough out the initial form without the use of power tools. Next the artists
smoothed out select surfaces with sandpaper. Wax was applied to some of the surfaces
to create contrasting textures that enhance the work's beauty and emotive qualities.
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