Reaching the Sky

Reaching the Sky
Isabel del Rio

by Isabel del Rio

Hemant Sonawane with his monumental pieceAccording to the Christian tradition, we come from the earth and we will return there. Then, God creates the first man of clay, as a sculptor, and He gave him freedom to choose how to behave and how to rule the world. Hunters, farmers, ranchers… his descendants were creating towns, canals or roads. However, some of them wanted to imitate his Creator and wanted to be sculptors too. They made wonderful figures of clay, of bone and, of course, of stone… of hard rock. It was a challenge to work the porous limestone but it was worse to face the brittle marble… How about the impossible granite? Hemant Sonawane accepted the challenge of working this hard material: he has called his master piece ‘Labor of Love’ and we easily imagine why.

‘Labour of Love’ is a giant piece emerging from the earth, with the appearance of a hand holding the globe, and trying to touch the sky. Pure forms and a primitivism that reminds us of our origins, lost in the mists of time, found in the eyes of a young artist from the land of light and color (India of One Thousand and One Nights).

I have so many ideas seeing the strict shapes of ‘Labor of Love’. The globe, in black granite, is perfectly polished and in the mysterious nights of Mamallapuram, it dissolves in the air with whispers that springs from the bowels of the earth… Nobody can hear that strange litany. But when the dawn comes, it starts the miracle and the granite reflects all of the colors of the new lights, all of the voices of that busy society, all of the hopes of the young artists… now united in that hand of stone and reaching the sky.

Granite is not an easy material, being a sculptor is not an easy job.


by Hemant SonawaneLabour of Love’ belongs to Hemant Sonawane’s Germinant Series of stone sculptures, that introspect on miracles of birth, survival and existence.

‘Labour of Love’ was created at the Pallava Symposium of International Sculpture 2011.

The event was held at Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu, India) – a World Heritage Site selected by UNESCO.

Medium : Black Granite

Dimensions : 38″ X 43″ x 108″ (W x D x H)

See more about Hemant Sonawane:!/HemantSonawane

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