#1 The Spiral of Time
The theme of time is portrayed in the design of the new Metal Concentrators minted bar. A modern day “Memento Mori”, with a scientific formalistic look.
The spiral of time grows from the spiral found in a fossilized Ammonite. There is reference to an astrological clock (three arms) and the three pendulums of a grandfather clock ticking to the Spiral of time. The three skulls portrays the evolution of man and serve as a “Vanitas” symbol which has been used as such in many disciplines over centuries. The top of the design features a sun dial and makes reference to ancient sites all over the world which used the sun as a means to tell time. Formalistically the design is based on the number eight and also features symbols in threes to correlate with the Asian numeric thought processes.
#2 The Spiral of Life
The second design in the Spiral series depicts the Spiral of Life. The same formalistic composition turned upside down and mirrored. The spiral of life grows from the spiral found in a fossilized Ammonite. The design features two male Zebras fighting for dominance and represents the natural phenomenon of “survival of the fittest”. The Earth below shows the continent of Africa with the outer spiral splashing life-giving water over the Globe. Water is the biggest conservation challenge Southern Africa faces: The management and preservation of water is a huge concern for all Conservationists studying the survival of biospheres on the African Continent. Formalistically the design is structured around the number eight and also features symbols in threes to correlate with the Asian numeric thought processes.
Extract from the Poem “Spiral of Life, Spiral of Time”
written by world-renowned poet Dr Nokugcina Mhlophe
“Change, Change, everything must turn
Everything must change.
Africa’s wealth has to regain its
Ancient spirit of sharing
As the Spiral of Life and
The Spiral of Time
Do an undulation dance
With a clear message to
Chase away hunger and poverty
Women of Africa will ululate and shower
Tomorrow’s generations with sacred
Cowry shells, wishing them courage and prosperity
For centuries to come.
The external beauty must
Reflect the internal beauty.
Like the rising sun over the ocean
Bathes everything the rays touch