Sculptor creates words in stone


Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Talented sculptor Webster Dinhidze, who sharpened his skills at Tengenenge Arts Centre in Guruve, has ventures into a different stone-carving form known as sculpt writing.

Dinhidze, who once specialised in human figures, is famed for his “Bat and Ball” piece that depicted the popularity of cricket in Zimbabwe that he did in 2003 and saw him being recognised as one of the most talented sculptors in the country.

In an interview, the Guruve-bred sculptor said he had taken a break from sculpture in 2005 after he left Tengenenge Arts Centre, only to bounce back this year with a new form of sculpting.

“I had taken a break from sculpture, but the passion for art has caused me to return but this time with something new that I have decided to call sculpt writing and I want to first market it here in my home country before spreading my wings internationally,” he said.

Dinhidze highlighted that he is still lacking resources resulting in him only using soft stone for his work.

“Currently, I am using soft stone serpentine to do my pieces since I do not have tools to work on hard stones and that is the reason why I want to start marketing my work here before going international.

“If I have clients here I can have money to buy tools that will enable me to work on different stones including hard stones,” he said.

He said growing up in a rural background has made him to fully discover the intricacies of stone sculpting and he can do anything using stones.

“I have been a rural man and enjoy the challenges of stone art. The rural background and the environment at Tengenenge where I was once a resident artist kept the feeling of art in me,” he said.

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