Dancer

2018

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 169.5cm (h)
  • 34cm (w)
  • 26cm (d)

137kg

“I have tried to capture a moment in the dance.”

This young lady is at some special occasion, signified by her floor-length gown and her hair piled up in an elaborate hairdo. She is so tall and slim and elegant, and a beautiful dancer. 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. He used a different sculpting technique for the braids of her hair: picking them out with a grinder and finishing the swirls freehand with a punch. He created the smooth shiny black surfaces 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 made of tiny grains densely and evenly packed together. It is impermeable with very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action; therefore, it is suitable for outdoor display.

Sculptures with this matt white surface look fantastic when lit up with a spotlight too, so you can enjoy it at night as well!