Preening My Back


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 120cm (h)
  • 30cm (w)
  • 19cm (d)


portrait photo of Peter Chidzonga

Peter Chidzonga


The bird arches its long neck to preen its wing feathers.

There is an almost art deco feel to this sculpture with its striking layered tail. It would make a super centrepiece in a garden, as it looks elegant from all angles. More photos are available on request.

It is very easy to light sculptures with this matt white surface, so with clever use of spotlights you can enjoy it at night as well!

The black shiny areas have been sanded, waxed and polished. Peter then achieves the feathered effect by stroking the surface of the sculpture with a blunt rasp. This abrasion lightens the surface of the stone, giving a great contrast of colour and texture.

Springstone is the local name for a very hard variety of serpentine stone. It is suitable for outdoor display, as it is dense and impermeable and has very few flaws that might be exacerbated by frost action.


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