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Mutasa releases Future Seed

Itai Mushekwe

SCULPTURE genius, Chenjerai Mutasa, has released his latest breathtaking piece with a biblical connotation entitled Future Seed.

sans-serif”>The sculpture, which is currently on exhibition at the National Gallery, is best described by the scriptures in the book of 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first,” it reads, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Future Seed comes to the gallery after two years of relative silence by Mutasa and is a follow up to his stunning 2003 presentation, One With Nature, which made it into Zimbabwe’s Stone Sculpture Book published early this year.

The masterpiece showcases the sculptor at his best and is a tale about the “rapture” of men, intelligently mooted in a chronology of five tombstones. According to Mutasa, the first tombstone represents the unfaithful and unrighteous people who are going to perish due their wicked ways when Christ comes for the second time.

“The tomb’s blackness represents the darkness that will besiege the earth,” he said. “No sun, moon or star will shine on that day (the rapture).” He said the ensuing tombs depict the rise of God’s chosen ones, those whose names are written in the Lambs book of life.

The last tomb has colourful lighting, where men will develop wings before disappearing into the clouds to meet the omnipotent. Mutasa’s work is exquisite and furnished with powerful spiritual messages.

Mutasa gives ordinary things new meaning and makes use of just about anything he comes across from scrap metal, wood, glass to corrugated fence. Mutasa, who began crafting Future Seed nine months ago, said he derives his inspiration from God: “The most high is my source of inspiration,” he said.

Born in 1972 in the high density suburb of Highfields, Mutasa grew up as an avid comic drawer, hero-worshipping Superman. His works have been showcased the world over with the most prominent exhibitions being the ones he recently held in the United States.

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