“It is extraordinary to think that of the ten leading sculpture carvers in the world, perhaps five come from one single African tribe – the Shona. These sculptors from Zimbabwe speak for Africa, but they also speak for us all.” - The Sunday Telegraph
Birdwoods is New Zealand’s leading importer of stone sculpture from Southern Africa, including the internationally renowned Zimbabwean sculpture. Zimbabwe means "great stone house" so it is fitting that stone sculpture (also referred to as Shona sculpture) is the art form that most represents the people of Zimbabwe.
You can read more about the history of Shona sculpture here along with some background to the sculpture communities, our relationships with the artists, and how we select the individual pieces.
Year round, Birdwoods Gallery displays a large range of stone sculpture in the gallery and sculpture garden, along with its famous metal sculpture as well as works by New Zealand sculptors. Louise and Bruce have added to the expansive gardens at Birdwoods, converting an additional paddock into a beautiful sculpture walk. This includes a 25m reflection pond home to a resident flock of ducks and sets a front for an ever-changing sculpture display area (as well as a wedding ceremony venue!).
We still have a remaining few pieces available in Ireland from the exhibition that we staged at Burtown House. Please click here to view these.
BREAKING NEWS: After an 8 month trans-shipment from Zimbabwe, the container has finally arrived at Birdwoods. Bruce, our hero, is doing his best to unpack the boxes, mount the sculptures onto their black granite bases and transport them into the garden. It is very much a work in progress and Bruce grows no younger! The garden is now looking well populated with new pieces, so please do come and see them if you can, but if not, we are putting them onto our website below.
Our sculpture can sell quickly, so we have created an archive of our SOLD pieces to help if you are looking for something in particular as we revisit our sculptors each year. Please click hereto see our archived pieces.