“Whispers” is an exquisite sculpture from William Chewa's collection of "Expressions of Love". Particular attention is given to the movement and flowing curves, making this piece come alive. The magical colours of the stone and the rough and smooth surfaces make this a particularly attractive work. Perhaps the ideal special wedding gift or to celebrate that special occasion or anniversary. (Click on the dimensions tab above for sculpture dimensions)
Tactile Lemon Opal Serpentine is the choice of stone for this stunning sculpture. This particular stone is sourced and quarried on the outskirts of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The reddish brown coloration of the iron ore deposits mixed in the pale greens of the Lemon Serpentine are a fantastic attribute in producing contrasting forms. As with all our sculptures, this piece is unique since it is impossible to replicate the patterns found within the stone. lemon Opal is known for its seemingly translucent surface.
Process William uses a diamond tipped chisel to carve the general shape form. Using a rasp he then continues to uncover the subject matter from within the stone. Once the majority of the from is revealed he then begins the unenviable task of sanding. Starting with coarse sand paper he wet and dry sands all the way through and 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 absorbed by the open pores of 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 delivery, 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 being 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.
Stone: Lemon Opal Serpentine
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