There is an interesting place located at the campus of Stanford University in California. It is a collection of sculptures made by artists from Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea. The sculptures were made using traditional methods and depict people, animals and supernatural beings.
The idea to create a sculpture garden was born when Jim Mason, an anthropologist, conducted research in the Sepik River region in 1989. Back then, local artists came up with an idea of creating a sculpture garden outside their homeland. After returning to the United States, Mason began collecting funds under the auspices of Department of Anthropology. Four years later, he returned to Papua New Guinea to gather a group of the finest sculpture masters, take them to California and supervise the project until its completion.
For most artists from Kwoma and Iatmul communities in Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea it was once in a lifetime opportunity to travel outside their own country. After four months’ residence at Stanford University, the artists have left behind dozens of unique works of art made of wood and stone.