Flower Serpentine

  • 49.5cm (h)
  • 45cm (w)
  • 19.5cm (d)


portrait photo of Willard Bopoto

Willard Bopoto


The flowing lines move through one circle and on to the next. Much in the same way as you would when explaining a complex idea, expounding on one theory and then moving on and expanding it into the next until you have explained the whole thing. You break down a complicated idea into simpler parts, helping people understand step-by-step.

When, as here, an artist interprets the form of their sculpture with such a lucid explanation, it’s really satisfying. The idea behind the piece and shape of the artwork work together so harmoniously, that the title seems doubly apt.

Willard was Guruve’s most popular artist last year, and this year he hasn’t let us down. It’s not only the fluid movement he imbues into his organic forms: in addition, he chooses stones that are full of colour and intriguing texture. He is blessed, because the area of northern Zimbabwe where he lives has such varied and interesting geology.

‘Flower serpentine’ is so-named after its striking colouration, as bright and varied as a bunch of flowers. Amazingly, the swirling rainbow of colours in this gorgeous piece of stone is entirely natural.