Feeling Secure


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 34cm (h)
  • 29cm (w)
  • 24cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

“The stone wraps around the centre, keeping it warm and safe.”

So here Tonderai has given the sculpture a title relating to the negative space – the stone that has been removed.

The stone provides protection for the intangible space, something precious and fragile bounded by the physical. The strength and solidity of the stone itself provides protection and security, just as the walls of a house keep us safe and secure.

Although Tonderai has established a reputation for complex sculpture, each created from a single piece of stone, here he keeps things relatively simple to great effect.

This lovely sculpture is made from springstone, which is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of black serpentine stone. The springstone comes from a Zimbabwean geological formation known as the Great Dyke, which is rich in serpentine stone, and also iron and various other minerals.

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