Great Shona Sculpture

Our Garden

pink rose from our gardenWe’re very happy with our garden. Both me and my husband put a lot of effort in. It’s hard work, at times, but it’s good exercise, plenty of fresh air and the garden looks terrific.

I was browsing the internet (when I should have been gardening) and I came across this site Shona Sculpture Which introduced me the the possibility of garden sculpture. I had never thought of that before and was intrigued. The site specializes in Shona sculpture which is a type of African sculpture from southern African region.

Shona Sculpture

Shona WomanI loved it and was determined to get a piece for my garden. One of the pieces was quite high, about three foot high. But as soon as I saw it I new where it was going to go, near the the corner of the garden between the trees. I had two shrubs with a gap between them were a drain cover sits.

It’s almost as though the sculpture found me. I tried potted shrubs before and an old wheel barrow, painted white. But there was always something I want quite happy about.

Well I bought a the sculpture of an African woman, quite abstract, very African. But most important it looks fantastic and looks beautiful in its shady position.

These sculptures are carved from stone. You can oil them but I’m not going to bother. I prefer the sculpture to weather naturally and blend in more with the genes of the shrubs I have in that corner.

Stone’s Heavy

Something I was surprised at and should be aware of too, is that these sculptures are heavy. Really quite heavy for me and I had to get one on my teenage sons to help manoeuvre it into position for me. It’s on a drain cover as well, which was a bit of a worry but I’m told, it’s okay – those drain covers can hold quarter of a ton.

So all in all, I’m very pleased. I highly recommend a sculpture in the garden. I’ve already thought about getting a second one, Shona of course. But this one will go beneath a tree where nothing grows. A sculpture there will hide the bare earth, which is a real eye sore.

But that’s for another day.