Listening To An Elder


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 50cm (h)
  • 24cm (w)
  • 15cm (d)


One of the tenets of Shona society is that youngsters should pay heed to the advice of their elders. Here, Peter expresses that important idea in bird form – a newly-fledged young bird is taking in the advice of a more seasoned adult before he begins to go it alone.

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. This contrast is highlighted by Peter’s customary precise definition and attention to detail.

It is very easy to light sculptures with this matt white surface, so with clever use of a spotlight against a dark background you can really make a dramatic statement, even with a smaller piece such as this.

The piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.