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Tanyanyiwa Nyandoro

2014

Springstone

52cm (h)

22cm (w)

22cm (d)

38kg

£475

Someone keeping something close to their heart - the negative space (i.e. where the stone has been removed) in the centre symbolises a secret held tight to the heart.

The hole at the top is an escape route, allowing them to speak, but only to the right person.

As individuals and as a society, humans hold whatever is precious inside or behind closed doors and guard it carefully.

The lines of this sculpture are incredibly simple, but this quiet and clever sculpture encapsulates everything that is great about contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture. Tanyanyiwa really is one of the stars of his generation.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense, non-porous and has very few flaws.

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