Zacharaha transforms scrap into works of art

2015-12-09 06:00
Zacharaha Magasa with his exhibition at Art in the Park in St. George’s Park.          Photo: Willemien Green

Zacharaha Magasa with his exhibition at Art in the Park in St. George’s Park. Photo: Willemien Green

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ZACHARAHA Magasa’s found a new way to blow life into things that other people threw away.

Visitors to the Art in the Park market on Sundays in St George’s Park, are already familiar with Magasa’s astonishing art works.

“Growing up in the high density suburb, Mbare in Harare, Zimbabwe, one could not help but to noticee dumped car bodies, scrap all over, informal mechanics and plenty of scrap yards,” said Magasa.

“ To me this was in a way a highlight of an opportunity that something could be done to contribute towards cleaning the society and at the same time expanding my own career as an artist.”

“I studied fine art at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Art School where I specialized in sculpture under direct supervision of the late prominent Zimbabwean sculptor, John Gusinyu.”

“More or less three years ago I moved to South Africa for a better life. I have to say that since I arrived here I kept my head above the water, thanks to my previous experience of creating sculptures from scrap.”

“I mainly get my materials from scrap yards around Sidwell while some materials are donated from well wishers who enjoy and encourage my work.”

“A welding machine and angle grinder are the most important tools that I use to create these works; however I also use special makeshift tools like a guillotine and hammers.”

He makes all different shapes and sizes of animals and objects like cars, tractors and bicycles.

“I decide on a subject – for instance a pony – and let the material develop it in for instance a full grown horse!”

“Again and again I discover new ways of creating the same subject that I made before, but each time it will be a completely unique piece of art.”

“To pay the bills I often take orders from people for metal furniture or gates and even then I can express myself artistically while designing it.”

For more info phone Zacharaha on 079 476 6099.

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