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Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds$
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Lorna Hardwick and Carol Gillespie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.001.0001

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Sculpture at Heroes’ Acre, Harare, Zimbabwe: Classical Influences?

Sculpture at Heroes’ Acre, Harare, Zimbabwe: Classical Influences?

(p.119) 7 Sculpture at Heroes’ Acre, Harare, Zimbabwe:1 Classical Influences?
Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Jessie Maritz

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on material culture, using both Greek and Roman analogues in discussing the sculpture at National Heroes’ Acre in Zimbabwe. It compares the formal and thematic aspects of the continuous narrative of the Second Chimurenga (the struggle for freedom and independence from colonial rule) with those of classical monuments. Its analysis of technique, material, and form, draws on the Ara Pacis and Trajan’s Column, but it also considers comparative examples from ancient and modern sculpture that subvert a simple ‘classical influence’ model. In particular, the chapter addresses the relationship between Heroes’ Acre and the two thousand year old tradition of Korean public sculpture, as well as the monument to the People’s Heroes on Tiananmen Square in China, thus opening up further questions about patterns of migration of thematic and stylistic affinities in public sculpture.

Keywords:   public sculpture, Zimbabwe, monuments, material culture, National Heroes’ Acre, Second Chimurenga, Ara Pacis, Trajan’s Column, Tiananmen Square, form

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