A Little Time and a Keyboard: Chapungu Sculpture Park Guides Through Life with Zimbabwean Sculpture in Loveland, Colorado

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Chapungu Sculpture Park Guides Through Life with Zimbabwean Sculpture in Loveland, Colorado

 

Chapungu Sculpture Park Guides Through Life with Zimbabwean Sculpture in Loveland, Colorado

Chapungu Sculpture Park Leads Through Life Guided by Zimbabwean Sculpture in Loveland, Colorado

Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado gifted us an intriguing art experience wandering through gorgeous Zimbabwean stone sculpture pieces reflecting the cycle of life. Founded in 1970, the park presents a spectacular range of hand-carved monumental sculptures crafted by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. 

"Comforting Sisters" by Elwans Chemapako

Chapungu Sculpture Park is the only permanent display of Zimbabwean stone sculptures in the United States. Pensive paths wind visitors through more than 80 unique stone sculptures. As I read the signs and pondered the pieces of art, I perceived myself as walking through the phases of life.

"Keeping the History" by Agnes Nyanhongo
"Keeping the History" by Agnes Nyanhongo

"Keeping the History" spoke to me particularly as a keeper of the family history. I also am a storyteller and a connector.  Knowledge and history leap from the sculpture's face relating to us the stories of the past.

"The First Kicks" by Taylor Nkomo
"The First Kicks" by Taylor Nkomo

"The First Kicks" by Taylor Nkomo gracefully displays the gentle joy of parents-to-be as they cherish their baby's first movements. The expressive elements of all of the sculptures fascinate! Amazingly, this treasure is free to visit!

Feeling a World Away:

"I Can Dance"  by Alfred Gutsa

Chapungu's natural composition of plants and water features crafted a picnic worthy spot. A number of visitors enjoyed little picnics while we wound through the park. "I Can Dance" glides perfectly onto the scene. 

"Spirit Protecting the Family" by Fabian Madamomba
 "Spirit Protecting the Family" by Fabian Madamomba

Surprisingly, this haven sidles along a shopping area. While traversing the 26-acre spot of introspection, we easily forget that a busy shopping center bordered on the perimeter. The magic of art!

"Possessed by the Rain Spirit" by Ndale Wilo

Chapungu refers to the "Great Spirit Bird" or the Bateleur Eagle which is a spirit messenger and considered a good omen. Wandering the paths of Chapungu Sculpture Park, we certainly felt the spirits about us whispering and weaving tales of life. We savored our respite at Chapungu Sculpture Park experiencing a wonderful morning of discovery and contemplation.



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