Proud Bride

2018

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 87.5cm (h)
  • 28cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)

29kg

portrait photo of Tutani Mugavazi

Tutani Mugavazi

Sculptor

Tutani’s lady is slim and elegant, with delicate features. She carries her beauty with pride. 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.

Tutani has used a chasing hammer, with rows of little teeth, to create the regularly textured white of her dress. Below,  Tutani has ‘feathered’ her dress freehand with a punch. He has used a different sculpting technique for the braids of her hair, picking them out with a grinder. 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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