Eye Of The Storm


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 37cm (h)
  • 28cm (w)
  • 28cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

The centre of the sculpture represents the still moment at the centre of a huge storm, where the wind drops temporarily. Swirling winds represented by the movement in the stone whip around the epicentre, the calm in the middle.

Tonderai was inspired to make this piece by the cyclone that affected Mozambique and Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Over a metre of rain fell in many places, accompanied by fierce winds, and it caused widespread devastation. Due to global warming, such serious events seem to be becoming more common.

This lovely sculpture is made from springstone, which is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of black serpentine stone. Springstone has an even internal structure of small grains of rock, with the result that it rarely has any flaws. This makes it a perfect medium for Tonderai’s technically challenging style. As with all his sculptures, Tonderai has carved this piece by hand from a single piece of raw stone.

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