Product Focus: African hornbill

Product Focus: African hornbill

Metal sculptures are a common form of African art, especially due to the abundance of scrap metal and recyclable materials that can be used to create these works of art. These types of sculptures can be found at roadside vendor stalls and art galleries across Southern Africa. The recycled metal sculpture is a complex and charismatic style of African art that can be highly detailed and intricate. The creativity displayed by the artist is often exceptional, paired with real skill with cutting, bending, forming and welding the metal bits together to achieve the final sculpture.

Many African artists and sculptors use nature as a source of inspiration for their metal sculptures. They replicate the continent’s unique mammals, birds, lizards, snakes and fish. These three-dimensional works of art are impressive because they display the talent and skill of the artists, as well as the quirky characters of African wildlife. Each sculpture will have a soul and its own unique personality, which means that no two pieces are alike.

Some artists choose steel as their preferred medium when creating sculptures, others like to work with aluminium or wire. Each medium imparts its own texture and style on the finished sculpture, which often evolves with time. Metal is a brilliant medium for these artworks as it tends to change colour and rust over time, creating a raw texture that heralds directly to the nature of the African wilderness.

Molo Wethu offers a metal African hornbill sculpture

Molo Wethu has a charismatic metal sculpture available in the online store. This African hornbill is a creative replication of an intelligent bird, commonly associated with Zazu from Disney’s The Lion King. The sculpture is skillfully created from scrap steel and expertly welded in such a way as to give the bird a cheeky persona. The ruffled ‘feathers’ give the sculpture more depth and texture – ensuring that it will be a talking point for the home or office decor. This metal sculpture is a perfect gift for a loved one or can be a nostalgic reminder of a safari sighting.

The African hornbill sculpture measures approximately 25cm long, 19cm high and 11cm wide. The craftsmanship is truly appreciated when you hold the sculpture in your hands and observe every detail. This charismatic and unique sculpture costs US$50 and weighs approximately 500 grams.

Buyers can purchase multiple African hornbill sculptures to create their own flock, or a pair of birds can work perfectly for a mantlepiece artwork. These recycled metal sculptures are ideal for a home or an office reception and bring a touch of African spirit to any space. They can be a great conversation starter for guests and customers. Molo Wethu is able to ship worldwide, so place an order today.


To learn more about Molo Wethu and our bespoke African artworks, please do not hesitate to contact us. Molo Wethu sources, collects and distributes a variety of unique African paintings and sculptures. Visit our online store to purchase these artworks for your home or office – they are ideal for art collectors, travellers and gift-givers.

Molo Wethu supports the needs of differently-abled humans. A portion of the sales from selected products will be donated to organisations that help children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome in South Africa. This also helps to raise awareness of mental health issues in Africa. 

We are able to deliver artworks around the world. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and Molo Wethu product launches, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at our blog for more informative articles on African art, empowering artists and mental health.


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