Francois Viljoen is a South African born artist, now lives in the south west part of Baden Württemberg, Germany. In many ways arts influenced and marked his life from the start. He was in a only Academic+Sport school with no art classes, This was quite frustrating, but then the creative process, esp. drawing, became a passion and big interest in his teenage years, following a long, weekly TV series called, "Quest for Romanticism". He then started to draw, more and more. "It was like finding my call in life and meaning... Like bringing order to...
Sculpture: 'The Mantis` Secret (Praying Mantis Bowl sculpture)' by Francois Viljoen
Little Praying Mantis&Bowl sculpture, Preying Mantis Hunting statue for sale for Indoors inside Interior use by the Gifted and Original Sculptor Francois Viljoen who writes.... "The Praying Mantis name comes from the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the Eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. The insect order contains over 2400 species and 430 genera. For me, the Mantis is a very secretive creature and fascinated me from childhood and for me, a strong symbol, and metaphor, of peacefulness, quietness, inner tranquillity and strength. The Greek word "mantis" means "prophet". From where I come from in South Africa, the Kalahari Bushmen has got very strong beliefs regarding the Mantis and in ancient China the Mantis has strong symbolic meaning and features in many folk tales. To them it represents "strength, courage and boldness".
14 x 22 x 80 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 5 1/2 in x 8 2/3 in x 2 ft 7 1/2 in
The Mantis` Secret (Praying Mantis Bowl sculpture)
Indoors and as a Garden Sculpture
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