Stone Art from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe stone artThis is another ode to South African street vendors (see previous post about the iPhone skin). Remember my story some time back of  the dresser with wicker baskets that I ordered from a street vendor? And the metal birds? That entire market, on a street corner in Bryanston where Main splits from William Nicol, is run by industrious Zimbabweans, who I’ve found extremely trustworthy and easy to work with, and they offer fabulous prices.

They also sell beautiful stone statues, one of which Noisette gave me for Christmas. Or rather, given that this is Noisette who thinks of Christmas present exactly two days before Christmas, he didn’t quite give me a statue but a certificate for one. We went and looked at what they had, and both liked the figure of three women, sort of abstract. But we liked another kind of stone better, and a statue where some of it would remain rough, not polished, and before we knew it we had placed an order for the statue how we pictured it.

Once again, money (this time a little more, R2000 to be precise) was exchanged as a deposit, and we drove home, wondering if and how it would work out. It did, although it took a bit of time. One statue was made, but not to our liking, so we asked for another try (and handed over a bit more money to buy new stone). It took some time (you might have noticed we are now way past Christmas!) but the wait was worth it and we are happy with the result.

African statue made from stone


Although I’m not altogether happy with the location, might have to get “the guys” to move it again.

Here is a picture of our statue at the street market:

johannesburg street vendor with Zimbabwe stone art

We also bought these metal birds from the same place:

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