Artists cut rocks and reveal soul

Zimbabwean stone carvers find respite in Denver from their homeland’s unrest.

Zimbabwean sculptor Brian Nyanhongo winces inside the Denver Botanic Gardens amid 57 towering stone creations weighing up to 3 tons.

For Denver, these massive sculptures carved by Zimbabwean masters became a popular diversion — eliciting emotional responses from Americans passing among plants.

But for Nyanhongo, 39, and other visiting Zimbabwean sculptors — who have been chipping away at imported raw rocks in tents around the gardens — the exhibit is a matter of survival.

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