Our show at The Dow Gardens became a success literally overnight. We have to thank most of the community for supporting us and for some very special friends we made there. We had a wonderful stay in Midland and will cherish those memories for the rest of our lives, what a wonderful town!
Our thanks go to the donors of 3 wonderful sculptures which still stay in the grounds for every visitor to enjoy all year round.
The Dow Gardens were started in 1899 by Herbert Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company. The Gardens, originally developed on eight acres of flat, sandy land, provided a creative outlet for Herbert Dow and his interest in agriculture and design. He created gardens, ponds and hills according to a simple philosophy that we still follow to this day: never reveal the gardens whole beauty at first glance.
As per usual we displayed over 100 sculptures throughout the stunning grounds of Dow Gardens through meandering water features and landscapes. The exhibition was enjoyed by the whole community and all those that visited from surrounding neighborhoods.
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The installation, ZimSculpt, features the work of numerous artists from Zimbabwe. These sculptures are formed from single pieces of stone and are completed without the aid of power tools.
The Zimbabwean sculptures, tucked along the garden’s paths, are beautiful in their simplicity, carved from a single stone that reveals its form as artists without a plan make their first cuts. Sculptors such as Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani, who will demonstrate their talents through the Dow Gardens run, tap into a fusion of their country’s cultural legacy and contemporary environment.
When Passmore Mupindiko’s grandfather taught him how to sculpt, an art that once captured the images of Zimbabwe’s tribal chiefs so that new generations would know what great men they were, the 7-year-old couldn’t imagine where his art would lead him.