I recently visited Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, in Coral Gables, Florida, a beautiful place where tropical plants, flowers, insects and even some small animals live. I came across unique flowers, uncommon plants and trees and many butterflies, some not native of the United States. However, most intriguing to me was the Chapungu Exhibit ( showing from Oct. 2012 – May 2013). Chapungu at Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Chapungu means Bateleur Eagle in Shona, a Bantu language of Zimbabwe. The Bateleur Eagle is a French based word which means tight rope walker. This description is interpreted from the Bateleur Eagles flight pattens, where its wings can be seen tilting as if balancing side to side on a tight rope.
There were approximately 80 handmade sculptures in the Chapungu Exhibit represented by many artists. At the time of my visit, one of the Artists, Agnes Nyanhongo was on site. She was creating a new work of art, chiseling the stone by hand. I asked her how she became a sculptor and what inspired her to create such works of art.
She stated her father was a sculptor and she learned from him. Her inspiration is the environment and portraying women and their roles within the community.
I found many of the sculptures to hold much depth and meaning. One in particular called, Sharing the Strength was the most profound to me, which is one of Agnes’ pieces. To learn more about Agnes, her family and her works of art online, visit :Mudzimu or take the opportunity and visit Fairchild for its Tropical Beauty. But most certainly check out the Chapungu Exhibit. Perhaps you’ll run into more talented artists or even Ms. Agnes Nyanhongo herself!
Many Thanks, to Ms. Agnes Nyanhongo for taking the time out to chat.
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