Constant Culture


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 98cm (h)
  • 45cm (w)
  • 32cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

“Wherever generation changes, there is something that will never change and that’s culture.”

Each of the loops within the movement of this stunning sculpture represent the coming of a new generation. Running upwards through the centre of the piece is a twisting line that gives central stability, and that’s the continuance of culture in society. In Tonderai’s view, it is a thread that unites the generations and holds society together. Of course, with increasing urbanisation, traditional Shona culture is facing great challenges.

Tonderai is one of Guruve’s most popular artists, and it’s easy to see why. It is almost inconceivable that an artist could create such complex and intricate work from a single piece of stone.

Springstone is the local name for a hard type of serpentine stone. It has a dense, even internal structure of small grains of rock with very few flaws, and is the perfect medium for Tonderai’s technically challenging style. The brown lines are natural veins in the stone. It is suitable for outdoor display.

[Please note that the granite slab in photo is not included. However, we do have some circular slabs in sparkly black or pale grey available for sale – please enquire if you’re interested.]