Healing Thoughts

2018

Avocado Serpentine

  • 151cm (h)
  • 79cm (w)
  • 48cm (d)

257.5kg

“Someone using their mind to investigate the health of their body.”

A lovely positive message within this glorious sculpture, one of the outstanding works in our 2019 collection with a real wow factor.

The lines at the top of the sculpture are the thought waves, the brain processing information received from the body. The lines lower down are like the mind communicating with the body in response to those signals. So the whole sculpture represents a kind of self assessment of health, where a person takes the time to examine how they are feeling.

Many alternative health spheres, such as yoga, encourage this kind of self assessment. If we listen to the body and respond we can improve our health through our own actions.

A really substantial work from Willard: it’s truly a masterpiece. It has height, width and presence; it is elegant and fluid yet substantial; and it would make a super centrepiece for a garden or courtyard, particularly given the truly 360° nature of the sculpture. Wonderful!

Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking green and yellow colouration. It is suitable for outdoor display, since it is hard and impermeable like springstone.

This is by far the largest piece of avocado serpentine we have ever seen. Therefore, this piece is exceptionally rare in being a monumental sculpture in a colourful material. Usually, the plain black springstone is the only type of hard frost-resistant serpentine that is found in pieces of really substantial size. We don’t expect to see anything like this again!

The colours in the stone are entirely natural, merely enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax. The lines you can see are part of the natural serpentine stone – they are not cracks or lines of weakness.