Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 120cm (h)
  • 40cm (w)
  • 26cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

Tonderai Sowa


“The movement is reflecting the dance of expression of someone who is doing things without any fear but with joy and happiness.”

The free flow of movement around the sculpture expresses joy and liberty. It is a physical expression of the smooth, seemingly effortless creative process that one can experience when undisturbed by worry. Likewise, the smooth progress in life one can achieve when not fettered by constraints, be they financial, political or social.

At just over a metre tall, this elegant fluid sculpture is a very versatile height. For instance, raising it up in a flowerbed, so it appears to float above the the vegetation, would create a great centrepiece. Equally, placed on a lower plinth on a patio or in a large interior space, it would not be overwhelming.

Our tip: whether indoors or outdoors, spotlighting it at night increases the drama!

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. Therefore, it is suitable for outdoor display even in colder climates.

This variety, with a speckling of paler stone crystals, comes from the Impinge pass through the Great Dyke in northern Zimbabwe. It doesn’t shine to quite such a high gloss as some other types of springstone.