Whirlwind

2017

Cobalt Stone (Serpentine)

  • 50cm (h)
  • 30cm (w)
  • 26cm (d)

32kg

portrait photo of Willard Bopoto

Willard Bopoto

Sculptor

The motion of a whirlwind, showing the air spiralling upwards. Zimbabweans often interpret little whirlwinds as the movement of the spirits, as the spirit world is all around us and the ancestor spirits are watching everything we do.

Willard lives far from urban conurbations, in the sango or bush, where beliefs such as this remain very strong.

Willard was a new addition to Guruve’s gallery of Zimbabwean sculptors last year, and we think his work is exceptional. This outstanding piece is a jewel in our 2018 collection of Willard’s sculptures. More photos are available on request, as it is so interesting from every angle.

This lovely pale cream, green and pink variety of serpentine stone is very unusual; it would make a real statement with a darkish background and clever use of a spotlight. The colours in the stone are entirely natural, including the black veins, enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.

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