Cobalt Stone (Serpentine)

  • 59cm (h)
  • 41cm (w)
  • 18cm (d)


The swirling movement of this piece represents the African consensual decision-making process. Whenever there is an issue or conflict, everyone gets together and talks around the problem. The emphasis is on finding a solution that suits all parties, often mediated by the elders of the community.

The movement of the sculpture goes round and round, showing people talking around an issue. It comes together at the central circle, symbolising the participants reaching a mutually agreeable decision.

This lovely pale cream, green and pink variety of serpentine stone is very unusual; it would make a real statement with a darkish background and clever use of a spotlight. A piece of this size could work indoors or outdoors.

‘Cobalt stone’ is the local Zimbabwean name given to a type of serpentine that is typically a lovely mixture of purple and green. This pale variety comes from the area around the town of Guruve in northern Zimbabwe. It does not (as far as we know) contain any cobalt mineral, but may originally have been discovered near a cobalt mine.

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