Everlasting Bond

2023

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 57.5cm (h)
  • 45cm (w)
  • 34cm (d)

25.5kg

Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

Tonderai Sowa

Sculptor

“The connection of the two loops reflects the everlasting bond of their two souls, which holds them together forever, even after death.”

Sometimes, two people love each other so deeply that they feel the connection will exist into the next life. In Shona belief, the spirits of the dead watch over the living and can be consulted by the n’anga (spirit medium). If you hold that belief, then the idea that a loving couple can be reunited after death makes perfect sense.

Tonderai expresses this idea in three-dimensional form: the two loops represent the lovers. They are threaded through each other so they can’t be separated.

This fantastic medium-sized sculpture would be great for a central position, as it is interesting from every angle.

Springstone is the local name for this hard type of serpentine stone. It has a dense, even internal structure and is the perfect medium for Tonderai’s technically challenging style.