Art@Site Arthur Fata Wild Seed Pod Cape Town

Arthur Fata


Wild Seed Pod

Wild Seed Pod
I try to put more ideas into each piece so each splutter is new. But you have a collection of images to call on as memories of your experiences. For the future? I wish I could carve a huge sculpture, but this would take a lot of money. I am looking for a mountain! It would be a massive sculpture in which people could live.
Arthur Fata was born in Harare in 1963 and studied Fine Art at the B.A.T. Workshop school (within the National Gallery of Zimbabwe). It was here that he first used painting, printmaking and textiles as well as sculpture to express his ideas. This exploration with new technique has been evident in his work ever since.
Fata is perhaps unusual with the Second Generation for the training and overseas experiences he has received. On completion of his course in Zimbabwe he spent periods in England, Portugal and Bulgaria studying the fine arts in a variety of environments and contexts. As a result, his work relates easily to international audiences and continues to be strengthened by such encounters with new techniques and ideas.
Like Dominic Benhura, Fata endlessly experiments in combining materials such as wire, wood, string and steel with sound stone carving techniques. Always ambitious and rarely intimidated by difficulties with resources, skills or opinion he challenges himself to be different and speak to growing audiences with relevance and authority.
Arthur Fata is one of the most experimentally inclined artists of the ‘second generation’ of Zimbabwean sculptors. His sculptural work is often preceded by sketches, paintings or photographic collages. Beside stone – Fata prefers serpentinite and the harder springstone –, his sculptures make use of more unusual materials such as wood, wire and plastic. Another novel approach is his use of different types of stone in a single work.
Born in Salisbury (now Harare), Fata studied fine art at the Workshop School of the National Gallery ofe. Here he learned to use painting, printmaking, and textiles. Unusually for a Zimbabwean artist, he later spent time studying in England, Portugal, and Bulgaria. His work has drawn comparisons to that of Dominic Benhura, with whom he shares an interest in mixed media work.
Based in Harare, ZimSculpt has a unique opportunity to be in constant communication with the stone sculptors and thus privy to the latest cutting edge sculpture being produced in Zimbabwe today.
We are a world-touring exhibition that has been on the road since the year 2000. We have the largest collection of Shona sculpture in Zimbabwe.
Wild Seed Pod by Arthur Fata, at the entrance to the National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town, S.Af.
National Botanic Gardens of South Africa, also called Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s largest botanical gardens, occupying a 1,305-acre (528-hectare) site in Kirstenbosch, near Cape Town, Western Cape province, South Afri.
The 6,200-species collection consists almost exclusively of Cape plants native to the fynbos (scrubland) and forests of southern Africa. The botanical garden was established in 1913. It includes such beautiful flowering plants as the protea and heather, an enormous number of flowering bulbs, and immense cycads (palmlike tropical plants). Conservatories house plants from all climatic regions. Three herbaria, with a total of about 300,000 specimens, are retained at Kirstenbosch.