Rising Hopes

2023

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 124cm (h)
  • 38cm (w)
  • 27cm (d)

73kg

The sculpture depicts two spirits rising up in the form of tongues of fire.

“In most ancient ceremonies, they used to light these fires [to contact] the spiritual realm after a rain petition, to see if heaven has heard or accepted their requests. So, straight flames like these ones were a sign that the heavens had granted them their requests.”

Most young Zimbabwean artists live modern urban lives, but often they still have strong ties to their rural family areas (kumusha). Their artworks are modern and sophisticated, but the inspiration comes from far older sources. The myth, rituals and traditions of Shona society, that reservoir of knowledge, is maintained by the older generation.

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. Therefore, it is suitable for outdoor display even in colder climates.

This variety, with a speckling of paler stone crystals, comes from Impinge in northern Zimbabwe. It doesn’t shine to quite such a high gloss as some other types of springstone.

This piece in the UK and will be shipped from there;
P&P at buyer’s expense.