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.
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.