Lilongwe – Internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor David Ngwerume has crafted a finely-balanced and gravity defying stone piece titled “Arms”, with the aim of urging people to accept COVID-19 vaccination.
The sculpture features a man wearing a surgical mask receiving a jab on the arm, and it was created with black and white spring stone.
Ngwerume said, “My desire to play my part as an artist around the COVID-19 pandemic captured the time we are in, wherein vaccination is one of the ways being encouraged to curb the spread (of the virus).”
“Arms” is on display at his art gallery in Greendale, Harare, and Ngwerume hopes to partner the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Health and Child Care to create vaccination awareness.
This is not Ngwerume’s only work inspired by the pandemic and issues surrounding it. This year alone he has created two such sculptures.
The first is titled “The New Normal”, which depicts a woman donning a doek and a face mask, set on a map of the African continent. The second is called “Mask-Up”, which is of a man in a formal suit and wearing a face mask.
Ngwerume is famed for creating the “Scales of Justice” piece that is placed in front of the high courts in Harare and Bulawayo.