by Dahrl Thomson
Italian Cippolino marble on Italian Verde marble
16″H, 11″W, 6″D
An unusual story surrounds this piece carved from Italian Cippolino marble (Cippolino means onion in Italian; this green/white marble looks as if it has many layers, as does an onion). I started out to carve an abstract sculpture, but the stone seemed to want to be something else. I kept thinking of a story in the Bible that I had read recently in Leviticus, that had fiery flying serpents. In the footnote, it said that “fiery” pertained to “poisonous.” So I began to wonder in my mind what those serpents could have looked like.
Since my stone I was trying to carve into an abstract was being resistant, I decided to turn it into my version of a fiery flying serpent. Many people are not attracted to snakes, but I really like this one. He is a little mean-looking because he is meant to look that way, but of course he is utterly harmless, and the marble is beautiful. Also, he sits on a round Italian Verde marble base which turns.