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Friday, June 11, 2021

Visit the Dallas Arboretum for the Summer of Sculpture -- Featuring ZimSculpt!


If you follow regularly, you may have noticed that we are thrilled to go out to enjoy new experiences now that the pandemic is coming to an end. In today's post, I'll tell you about one of our favorite experiences - ZimSculpt at the Dallas Arboretum(Spoiler alert: you will definitely want to add this to your list of fun experiences this summer!)

The Dallas Arboretum offers 66 beautiful acres to leisurely enjoy. The Dallas Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and provides the opportunity to soak in the beauty of nature. (Visit here to read about their many honors!) 

Currently, a highlight at the Dallas Arboretum  is that more than 100 exquisite Zimbabwean modern sculptures are artfully displayed throughout the gardens from May 1 to August 8. Here is the quick overview:

"The Dallas Arboretum presents the return of the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. As the signature event of Summer of Sculpture, ZimSculpt runs from May 1 to August 8. 

ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. ZimSculpt is passionate about promoting the work of some of the finest Zimbabwean sculptors. Therefore, as part of the exhibit, guests are welcome to watch artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Brighton Layson demonstrate their artistry on select days as they carve statues with chisels, hammers, files and sandpaper."

Personally, we visited and enjoyed a ZimSculpt tour. We had the opportunity to learn about the history of ZimSculpt and the artists who are visiting for this exhibit. The tour is perfect for adults, but our children also enjoyed learning about the stone and carving techniques!

As you stroll through the gardens, you will see over 100 ZimSculpt statues.  It's amazing to think about the large sculptures that are each made from a single piece of stone!  The attention to detail is amazing. 

While most of the large sculptures throughout the gardens have already sold, you'll still find plenty that are available for sale.

The artists are continuously working throughout summer, so you may luck out to find your perfect sculpture to purchase.

I should also mention that they have a large variety of sculptures in different sizes.  You will definitely want to explore the ZimSculpt tent area to browse the creative sculptures.  (I could have spent hours looking at the stone sculptures!)

We had a wonderful time at the Dallas Arboretum for ZimSculpt.  It's an experience that you everyone should enjoy this summer!  You'll want to plan to spend the day of evening. The Dallas Arboretum has lovely restaurants and also allows you to bring outside food for a picnic.  There are many beautiful locations to enjoy lunch or dinner throughout the arboretum.  Personally, we love a shady spot that has a view of the lake. 

If you aren't familiar with the area and want a recommendation for a local restaurant to pick up food, I recommend Maya's Moderen Mediterranean because their healthy options are delicious! Maya's is a fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant serving Middle Eastern food. Their menu includes hummus, falafel that's "air-baked" instead of fried, hand-rolled beef and chicken kebabs, salads, and pita made in-house. Personally, we recommend their award winning hummus!  Their hummus was voted #1 in Dallas and we completely agree. We actually ate a large hummus at the restaurant and ordered another one to go. We can't get enough of it! I am not sure what their secret is, but their hummus is amazing.

We hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our visit to ZimSculpt at the Dallas Arboretum.  ZimSculpt runs from now until August 8, 2021!

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