Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Sculptures

African Queen

Creator: Unknown (Zimbabwe, Africa)
Material: Carved serpentine stone
Year: undated
On loan from Carole Haas Gravagno

Zimbabwe is a center for contemporary stone carving in Africa. Its Tengenenge School attracts self-taught artists who enjoy working in a communal setting. Their art is called Shona sculpture, named after the country's largest tribe.

Like other examples, African Queen is carved from serpentine, an extremely hard and durable stone indigenous to Zimbabwe. Typically, each artist quarries the stone for his own sculptures. Respectful of the natural texture of the material, the artist who crafted African Queen retained its rough-hewn surface in the regal headdress surrounding the artfully modeled face.

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Grist Mill Demonstration Day (Sunday, August 18th) has been cancelled due to excessive heat.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

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