Friday, July 2, 2010

Finding Africa

Yesterday, I took a drive out to northeastern Colorado for the day, visiting some friends who live in Greeley. On the way home, my car mysteriously ended up driving to a fun little store that I visited once and have always wanted to go back and browse. It is filled with lots of cottage-style decor, but a lot more expensive than I remember. Still, it was fun to poke around and get some ideas.

As I was leaving the shopping center, I discovered a lovely spot nearby called The Chapunga Sculpture Park. I couldn't resist stopping to explore, and I'm so glad that I did. Nestled on the prairie of eastern Colorado is a collection of 80 stone sculptures, the creations of artists from Zimbabwe, Africa. The sculptures celebrate universal human themes and range from three to eleven feet tall and weigh 600 to 6,000 pounds. They are formed from rocks of the Zimbabwe area, including serpentine, verdite, opal, cobalt springstone and granite.

Strolling along the path that winds through the tall grasses of the Colorado prairie, taking in the massive pieces of art, created by artists from the plains of Africa, I was struck by how we all share the same story. My favorite part of the exhibit is called the Role of Woman.

The Lullaby

Me Too, Mama (Artist's note: He does not realize that he has become too heavy -- and that I cannot carry them both!)


Rural Mother (Artist's note:Tending the fields and caring for the family is hard and demanding work, but it brings much satisfaction.) I love the detail in this one. . .










From a section of the exhibit called "The Elders" is Keeping the History. (Artist's note: She keeps us proud of our history and of our culture.


I love this one --Teenage Secrets


And this one -- I'm Good At This.

I didn't get the title of this one, but it reminded me of a group of children, playing on the hill right beside it. Just kids being kids.

It was a nice detour in my day, finding this little oasis along the interstate. I often tell my kids, that you just never know what your day will bring. This was a lovely surprise.

14 comments:

Joanne said...

Beautiful artwork! I love how the statues look one way from a distance, and then close up are so rich with detail, giving another dimension to the art.

Happy 4th to you :)

Claudia said...

The sculptures are really beautiful. I love the detail. You're right - whatever the culture, we share so much in common.

xo
Claudia

Linda said...

Lovely! And a good reminder for me to slow down and appreciate every moment. One never knows what hidden treasures are just waiting for us to discover them.

Becky said...

What an amazing exhibit. Wow! I love the detail on that one too. The face, it just pulls me in.

I am so glad you had your camera so you could share. Thanks Karen! This was wonderful.

Judy said...

Beautiful.

Bee Jay said...

Having lived in Zambia for 3 years, this stonework seemed very familiar to me - (just to the north of Zimbabwe). The African people are quite inventive with their art and these are beautiful. Loved the tears/rips in the sleeve of the woman's shirt - very real! Blessings!

Renna said...

What a lovely surprise in your day! I'm going to keep that place in mind if ever we find ourselves up that way. Hubby loves to vacation in Colorado..well, so do I! ;-)

M said...

How exquisite! I have never heard of this sculpture site; what an interesting origin it must have. Thanks for sharing it via photos.

Mary
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Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
HOW NICE TO GET AWAY, AND HAVE SUCH A NICE DAY. THE SCULPTURES ARE LOVELY, YOUR RIGHT
WOMEN ARE WOMEN NO MATTER WHERE YOU WERE BORN. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Sherri said...

Karen what beautiful sculptures! Glad you got to stop there.

Susanne said...

Those are so beautiful. What a gorgeous place!

I have an award for you at my place today.

Country Dreaming said...

It's always fun to find surprises
in our day.
What a cool park. Very talented artist.

Have a great Tuesday.

I'm not sure where I have been BUT I thought I had signed on as a follower a looooong time ago.
Just did. :)

Melinda

Cheyenne said...

These sculptures pull on my heart. That's neat that they are there in Colorado.

Anita said...

I really didn't take my last post title from the name of that exibit!

I was able to see an exibit last year that reminds me of this one. It was at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia.

What a fun and relaxing treat for you!