Finding A Consensus

2021

Avocado Serpentine

  • 74.5cm (h)
  • 70cm (w)
  • 32cm (d)

77.5kg

portrait photo of Willard Bopoto

Willard Bopoto

Sculptor

“The three outer loops are three different parties; the central loop is where they find common ground, the solution to their dispute.”

The swirling movement of this piece represents the African consensual decision-making process for conflict resolution. Whenever there is an issue or conflict, everyone gets together and talks around the problem. They try to find a solution that suits all parties. Usually, the elders of the community mediate the process.

This is a really lovely medium-sized sculpture, with a fantastic combination of movement and colour. It looks pleasing from every angle, and would be a great centrepiece in a small garden.

We named this hard variety of serpentine stone ‘avocado’, after its striking green and yellow colouration. It is hard and impermeable, so it is suitable for outdoor display.

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.