Clean modern lines mixed with the beautiful rough texture of the stone. 27.5”Hx16”Wx8”D-67 lbs. FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL USA – Discount available for local purchase, delivery included.
Sculpted from a single piece of cobalt stone (base separate), in Zimbabwe, designed by Itai Chazan, who works mainly with artists Bywell Sango and Douglas Goshomi on his projects. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and sometimes a grinder. Regarding the more purplish side, once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth, so the next stage is sanding to get the texture smooth. Each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, is used until the polished areas of the stone are super smooth. At this point it will all be that light, purplish color that you see along the edge. The piece is then washed, heated with a fire, or blow torch, and then, when hot, the floor wax is applied, usually with a brush. Since the stone is hot, the wax melts into the stone, and then when it cools down, the polished area is buffed out with a cloth, bringing it to a shine.
On the opposite, brownish, textured side, that is the un-touched, outer surface of the stone. It is the area that has been exposed to the earth for millions of years, and those colors were created through a process called oxidation. The reason you see the purple and greenish colors beneath that is because that is the original color of the stone that has been protected for all those years from that oxidation which occurred on the outer surfaces. To reach that purple, the outer surface must be removed through chiseling, filing, grinding, and finally sanding with every grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, usually starting with 400, 600, up to 1,200. The sculpture is then washed, heated, and polished with nothing more than floor wax. When it cools down from the heat which allowed the wax to melt into the stone, it is buffed out with towels and cloths to bring the sanded areas to a shine.
Because each piece is created by hand, and the coloration in each stone is different, the sculpture you are looking at is exactly the one you will receive. Please keep in mind that because these are natural stones, there are always flaws and imperfections. We have taken the clearest photos possible to show everything, but we believe that is also the beauty of these sculptures, that they were not produced in a factory, but rather by actual people, using natural stones quarried in the hills and mountains of Zimbabwe.