It’s My Day


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 83.5cm (h)
  • 32cm (w)
  • 21cm (d)


portrait photo of Tutani Mugavazi

Tutani Mugavazi


On her special day, the bride wears a beautiful dress and her hair has been lifted into an elaborate hairdo and she carries herself with that confidence that comes from knowing all eyes are upon her.

Her dress has been stroked with a rasp to create the smoothly textured white. Below, the bold lines have been etched out with a grinder while Tutani has ‘feathered’ her dress freehand with a punch. He has used the same sculpting technique for the braids of her hair. Smooth shiny black surfaces are achieved by sanding the stone and then heating it and applying clear wax.

Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. It is very easy to light sculptures with this matt white surface, so with clever use of spotlights you can enjoy it at night as well!

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