Harare based visual artist James Musa who sculpted “Cde Chinx” Dick Chingaira’s metal piece at his new home in Harare says it is important to honour the country’s liberation icons in recognition of their contribution to the independence of the country.
Musa who started stone sculpting in 1994 before moving onto metal sculpturing in 1995 says the sculpture which is two metres high is aimed at celebrating the life of a freedom fighter and an artist par-excellence whose songs helped to liberate the country.
He explains the symbolic importance of a microphone on Cde Chinx’s hand and a guitar whose strings are on an AK47, the sculpture which is made of metal sheets.
The sculpture also captures the war veteran in his war regalia.
It was unveiled by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe last Tuesday who hailed the honour bestowed on Cde Chinx.
Musa says he is happy to have produced more than 1000 pieces of art works since his journey in the visual arts industry and is determined to capture more images of liberation war icons.