“Memories” is a beautiful sculpture from William Chewa’s collection of “Expressions of Love”. Capturing expressions of relationships and moods of intimacy is the inspiration behind William’s forms. The mannerisms of movement speak of the affection between the two subjects. The perfect sculpture for that special space or person.
Tactile Lemon Opal Serpentine is quarried on the outskirts of the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare. William sources the stone from local quarries near to where he lives and works. The choice of stone is suitable for the endearing soft nature and tone of the subject matter. Within the stone can be found pieces quarts and other minerals which can be seen on the surface of the sculpture, appearing translucent. The red/brown coloration that can be seen are iron deposits. As with many of William's sculptures the tones and textures of the polished and unpolished surfaces reveal something of the emotion and character of each piece. Every sculpture is unique, as it is impossible to replicate the patterns in the stone.
Process William uses a diamond tipped chisel to carve the general shape of emotion. Using a rasp he then continues to uncover the subject matter from within the stone. Once the majority of the form is revealed, he then begins the unenviable task of sanding. Starting with extremely coarse sand he begins the process of wet and dry sandpapering. All the way up to 2500 grade sand paper. This produces the most tactile surface achievable. He then proceeds to heat the stone and apply polish which is absorb by the open pores in the stone. Once it has cooled (usually overnight) he then begins to shine the stone by cloth through arduous buffering. The lasting effect, being one that causes the stone to shine and feels amazing to the touch.
Maintaining Your Sculpture This is surprisingly simple. Every two to three years simply take bees wax and apply on a hot summer’s day with a cloth (when the stone is hot, almost too hot to touch!). Allow for the stone to cool overnight. Then take a jade cloth and simply buffer the stone, until it shines. This is easily achievable by yourself, but if time is not your friend call us, and book in a maintenance appointment.
Sculpture Installation We provide a full installation service involving drilling and fitting your sculpture to one of our plinths. We fit a bracket into the plinth. We drill the sculpture and and then apply a concrete resin to secure the sculpture to the plinth. This not only enhances your enjoyment and view of the sculpture having been raised on a plinth, but it also acts as a deterrent to theft and protection from being damage. Call us today to discuss 0800 772 3253.
William Chewa as with many of our artists started sculpting at the age of 13. His origins are from Guruve and he was taught to sculpt by his parents. He is particularly interested in the bonds between family and couples. He currently resides in Harare working alongside his brother.
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