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Protecting the Eggs

By Damian Manuhwa
Category: Sculpture


Manuhwa works in the Chapungu tradition, a Zimbabwean contemporary art movement that fuses a contemporary aesthetic with many of the spiritual practices native to Zimbabwe, including communication with ancestor spirits. Another integral part of the Chapungu tradition is that the sculpture is carved entirely with hand tools and avoids all electrically powered equipment. The sign in front of this piece reads: “We humans should protect and nurture our environment in the same way as a bird protects her eggs.”

From Missouri Botanical Garden website.

Dimensions: 6′ x 3′ x 3′
Year Completed: 2002
Material: Opal stone
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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