For the art of wood sculpture to be passed on to future generations, trees had to be replenished.
This was the lesson sculptor Meshack Raphalalani – who scooped the top prize at the national leg of the World Wood Day Foundation competition last week – sought to share through his sculpture.
The foundation aims to raise public awareness of wood as an eco-friendly material and encourage research and res-ponsible wood use for a sustainable future.
“(We want) to manage funds and grants for World Wood Day (celebrated annually on March 21) and global research, education and promotion of wood culture,” the organisation, affiliated with the International Wood Culture Society, said.
Raphalalani said: “My carving shows a man with a plank (or piece of wood) on his one shoulder and a tree seedling in his other hand. It is supposed to show that, if you use something, you must put it back, so that your children can use the same things and create the same art,” said the 65-year-old Tshakhuma, Limpopo, man.