Ice & Zaiko's sculpture workshop
A winding road leads to Ice and Zaiko's sculpture workshop located on a mountain pass overhanging Mutare (Christmas pass), close to the mozambican border. After exiting the asphalt and turning onto a short yet steep dirt road, our humble Honda was greeted by a brigade of birds, eagles, owls, lions and fishes, ceremoniously hung throughout the branches or mounted on circular wood stands. From behind a row of high cacti, rose Ice and Zaiko's wooden, rather sophisticated, hut. To build their art works, the two sculptors use a material readily available in the region, soapstone, which turns into a white and powdery matter while carved and filed, due to its high talc content. After being washed, the sculptures are heated around a fire lit on the ground level of the house, a necessary step before they can be polished. Zaiko prides himself in being the inventor of the mixed-media beetle sculptures, of which he made hundreds.