Hardworker

2018

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 102.5cm (h)
  • 45cm (w)
  • 23.5cm (d)

70kg

portrait photo of Tonderai Sowa

“If you work hard, you will get somewhere.”

The loop at the bottom represents a man. As the movement of the piece goes upwards, it represents him striving through hard work to better himself. The swirls at the top represent the fruits of his labours, showing that hard work brings rewards and achievements.

As with all Tonderai’s sculptures, this piece has been carved by hand from a single piece of raw stone. All colouration and texture within the stone are entirely natural, merely enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.

Apologies for the poor light in these photos – rainy season had arrived!

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It has a very even internal structure of small grains of rock; it is hard and impermeable and therefore frost-resistant.

This sculpture is suitable for outdoor display, although we would suggest covering it with fleece during very cold weather for peace of mind as some parts of the stone are quite thin.