Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 36cm (h)
  • 44.5cm (w)
  • 35cm (d)


The movement in the stone reflects the upward spiralling of the air when a whirlwind comes. Small eddies are common in Zimbabwe, especially towards the end of the long dry winter when the ground is bare and dusty.

Washington Matafi is one of Zimbabwe’s most talented young sculptors, with several trips to Germany to be Artist in Residence at sculpture workshops over recent years. He’s also twice been nominated for the fiercely contested and prestigious National Arts Merit Awards, though sadly not yet a winner.

Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action. This springstone comes from Impinge near Mvurwi in northern Zimbabwe, and is sometimes called Impinge Serpentine.