Rwenzori founders, an art organization is reaping big from casting local objects made in clay, wax and stones into Bronze.
During the ongoing ‘Made in Uganda’ exhibition at Uganda Museum in Kampala, the organisation showcased a series of more than 30 animals in bronze, capturing the glory of the native species like elephants, lions, buffalos, colobus, and hippos among others. Some of the sculptures made represent the totems of Uganda clans.
The company director Emmanuel Basaza on Monday afternoon said: “Well, from 15 groups of people coming in a month, we might make a few sales, about 10 sales a month and on average, a basic totem sculpture would go for $1,200 (about sh4m).”
He also said that their products are a reflection of the people, culture, wildlife and the beauty of Uganda.
Basaza is optimistic that in the near future, Uganda will be known for Bronze casting. “The gallery is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination, showcasing the best of modern African art,”
Basaza said the organisation started casting in 2008, after acquiring a UK based partner Rungwe Kingdon who funded the start.
He noted that tourists are treated to a stunning display of works cast in the gallery by a group of 16 permanent craftsmen.