Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 99cm (h)
  • 37cm (w)
  • 36cm (d)


Shona artist Tonderai Sowa with one of his abstract sculptures

Tonderai Sowa


The two uprights are two people. One person has a life strewn with obstacles to be overcome, shown by the twists and turns. Consequently, they have had to build up great inner strength and they have gone on to achieve great things. From the height of their success, they can reach down to assist the second person.

This second individual’s path in life has been easier but, as a result, they haven’t built up much strength of character. They’ve achieved less in their life, and they’re struggling.

In Zimbabwe, there is no state-funded social security system to provide a safety net. Therefore, Shona society expects anyone who experiences success, either through luck or hard work, to share their largesse with others less fortunate.

This is a fantastic sculpture, great for a garden centrepiece, with interest from every angle. It is one of the highlights of this year’s collection.

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. It is suitable for outdoor display.

This piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense. Please email us for a shipping quote, giving your delivery address including post/zip code, if you’re tempted.