A New Dance

2021

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 70cm (h)
  • 31cm (w)
  • 13.5cm (d)

13kg

“A couple dancing, throwing shapes on the dancefloor.”

The twisting lines of the sculpture echo the movement of the dancers’ bodies as they move together to the music. The circle at the top is both their heads, suggesting they are in sync emotionally as well as in the physical dance. Their arms are raised above their heads in delight.

This really is a superbly elegant and masterful work. It has a strong silhouette, and would be a fantastic focal point displayed against a pale backdrop, picked out with a spotlight.

Springstone has a uniform internal structure: it is dense and hard, with small grains and very few flaws. Therefore, this variety of serpentine stone is a perfect sculpture medium. This is particularly true for technically challenging works such as this, where the artist removes much of the stone and leaves a delicate shape.