“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. More recently they have added a 25m reflection pond to this area, which is a beautiful sculpture display area (as well as a popular wedding ceremony venue!).