Ngwerume eyes ICC


Versatile sculptor-cum- lawyer David Ngwerume — who made headlines in 2010 after donating the brownish five-metre-long trapezium pieces currently displayed at both entries of the Harare and Bulawayo High Courts -is about to make history again as heis working on a project to donate the same kind of sculpture to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands.

In an interview, the dreadlocked artist said he had already started working on the project and was expecting to take the sculpture to the ICC as soon as he received the necessary funding.

“I am working very hard so that I will fulfil my dream; it’s my role as an artist to convey the message to people through art.

“I donated scales of justice pieces to the Harare and Bulawayo High Courts and it’s now high time I focused on the International Criminal Court.

“Sculptures occupy space in our world and allow for a deeper connection through sense of touch. This is a feature that two dimensional arts cannot satisfy,” he said. The sculptor, who operates from Tsindi Gallery along Airport Road, said the trapezium will conveythe same message as the ones at the main entrances of the Harare and Bulawayo courts.

“The message is the same — justice,” he said.

Sui Generis Art spokesperson Edwin Hamunakwadi, also a lawyer, described Ngwerume’s art as a rare combination of talent, skill, and his understanding of law which has seen him fusing law into sculpture with new generation sculpture scape.

This is indeed true as evidenced by his next move which will raise the country’s national flag high as far as sculpting is concerned.

The springstone sculptor’s major breakthrough in the industry came in 2004 when one of his pieces titled A Woman Scorned; on springstone depicting a woman in deep sorrow, impressed many at Jan Kunst Gallery in Norway during an exhibition.

In 2005, he was included among 64 sculptors who showparticipated at the World Tour Exhibition and was selected to represent Zimbabwe and Africa at the exhibition whose theme was “United Colours and Monument”.

Ngwerume’s works explore the emotional repercussions on an individual’s soul of any emotional or physical act whether it is positive or negative.

His sculptures display an amazing array of definitive states from tragically haunting to the ethereal.