The traditional African sculpture in the tree reflects the culture of its own original philosophical system. It gives concrete visual forms to a highly organized think system, which has its own logic and coherence. It is a philosophy that sees the nature of the beings as well as the world in general as a process, a manifestation of power, a moving and variable energy.
In the religion of the agricultural peoples of West Africa, as well as in their classical sculpture, the figures of the ancestors have a great place.
The statues that serve this cult give daily gifts and offer sacrifices in food and drink. They have their own artistic features – they are distinguished by monumentality and life intensity, even when they are small in size. Their attitude is oriented to stiffness and balance, figures have an expression of peace and stability, which are not conditioned solely by the material or blade of the chisel or knife. In the unity of the lines, the surface and volume that make up the statue are reflected in the lasting strength of the family, the genus, the tribe.
Some figures serve magic purposes, many are used in special ceremonies and ceremonies related to the ritual of special cults and secret societies. They can represent a magical figure, a kind of deity, a fetish, and others, and in general, these are ritual statues.
What would cut a sick tree when you can do something completely different, something that will delight or scare everyone you know! Someone is sometimes bored, but he has talent for some things. You can also leave the remains of a tree, which is in a bad condition to stun the neighbors.
Work takes place in several stages:
The first phase – the familiarization with the material of certain geometric bodies of regular and irregular shapes of children will try out the different looks of figures and shapes that can be stylized figures of nature or completely abstract. Drawing sketches for relief and spatial sculptures will be drawn by children on roughly arranged figures.
The second phase – the realization of individual sculptures from selected sketches will create individual relief and spatial sculptures.
The third phase – realization of the collective relief image at this stage.