Metal Work & Wire Sculpture
Our metal work and wire sculptures were made by men of the Shona tribe in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. They are a wonderful example of their creativity, craftsmanship and powers of observation. Items such as these are made simply because they are there--they are things they see in their everyday life. In Zimbabwe children start at a very early age making carvings and figurines of the things they see around them. There is no television, no computers and very few store-bought toys--none of the things that American children have to entertain themselves. Zimbabwean children entertain themselves by observing nature and their surroundings--and then recreating it with whatever materials they have at hand. It's how they pass their time. In a country that is ravaged by political strife, poverty, starvation and AIDS, these toys and figurines are a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of these people, many of whom cannot afford to buy the materials with which to create their art.