In ancient mythology dragonflies are revered and respected for their courage, strength, and happiness, as a result they appear in large quantities of art and literature. It is a popular belief, in some cultures, that dragonflies are a symbol of renewal after a time of great hardship. The dragonfly gives us the ability to look past the illusion, letting light in so that we are able to see things clearly in order to make our lives more beneficial.
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The dragonfly in almost every part of the world symbolizes change, renewal and a growing sense of self realization. The dragonfly's colors are a result of reflecting the power of light. They remind us that we are made of light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to. The dragonfly gives us the ability to look beneath the surface, letting light in so that we are able to see things clearly in order to make our lives more beneficial.
Artist: Joseph Thomas, painted by Yeukai Tanyara
Made In: Zimbabwe
About the artist:
The Improved Arts Metal Sculpture Project was started in 1986 by five brothers. Having discovered their artistic talents, they founded the group to depict African natural history through metalwork and to make a better living. Old tin cans and other scraps of metal from businesses in the industrial area of Harare are turned into these delightful sculptures by these artists using snips, pliers, and hammers.