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Avocado Serpentine

  • 77cm (h)
  • 45cm (w)
  • 35cm (d)


The shape is a cloud rolling in the air, heavy with rain – it echoes the way the cumulus clouds boil up as a thunderstorm builds momentum.

“Something is approaching that means life and wellness.”

In a semi-arid country such as Zimbabwe, many months can pass without rain during the dry season. No-one underestimates the fundamental nature of water and the sight of rain clouds lifts the spirits. Rain is absolutely critical for all life, not just for farming or villagers growing crops to feed their children.

Whether you’re a large-scale farmer, or a subsistence grower on a small plot in the kumusha [rural homeland], rainfall ensures your income (and survival) for the year.

Willard lives far from urban conurbations, in the sango [bush], and presumably gets plenty of time to watch the clouds drift by – lucky chap!

Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking green and yellow colouration. 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.