Spirit Of The Dance

2021

Avocado Serpentine

  • 63.5cm (h)
  • 49cm (w)
  • 29cm (d)

41.5kg

portrait photo of Willard Bopoto

Willard Bopoto

Sculptor

“There is a whirling movement, it’s the shapes people make when they are dancing in their different personal styles.”

There’s a tremendous energy and vigour within this lovely sculpture. The swoops and swirls echo the way arms or skirts trace circles in the air as a dancer spins around.

This abstract sculpture is not only full of movement, it’s also a very versatile height. It’s short enough to be displayed in an interior setting without being overwhelming. Equally, on a tall plinth  so it hovers about the plants in a flowerbed, it would have a great dramatic impact.

Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking pale green and yellow colouration. The colours in the stone are entirely natural, enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.

The lines you can see are part of the natural stone, created when the serpentine formed under great heat and pressure – they are not cracks or lines of weakness. The white vein at the front is a line of quartz.