sculpture 08-09-10.jpgSculptors along the Zvishavane- Masvingo highway say they are now pinning their hopes on the festive season to realise a fast turnover of their artifacts.

They are strategically located, along the highway to draw the attention of tourists and motorists from the ancient Masvingo town.

Driving along this road, one cannot afford to miss sculptors exhibiting their aesthetic work.

Once a booming business, sculpting seems to be a relegated business.

Back then tourists from the Great Zimbabwe would splash the US dollar for the precious souvenir.

A firm believer of the African revolution, Effort Musandinane dumped teaching for art and has produced miniature portraits for a number of statesmen.

Currently doing dual portraits for former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, Musandinane says his dream is to pass on the button to upcoming sculptors by setting up an arts academy.

“I live art and I believe I can help assist in nurturing upcoming sculptors,” said Musandinane.

While Musandinane has turned his sculpting area into a special art corner, for others it is very difficult to get the type of stone that he uses, the dolomite rock.

Most of the sculptures do not have a fixed price as tourists and other buyers detect the price through appreciation.