Many bird species form long term partnerships for raising their young, and couples may stay together for many years. Each year when they reunite, they perform courtship dances that reinforce their bond.
This lovely elegant piece is the largest sculpture we have from Peter this year. It would make a super centrepiece in a garden, as it looks elegant from all angles.
Peter has used a number of sculpting techniques to create the various contrasting finishes on this lovely sculpture. He achieves the brushed effect of the feathers by stroking the stone with a blunt rasp. To create the shiny parts, he sands the stone smooth, then heats it and applies clear wax.
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!
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.
[Please note that the granite slab in photo is not included. The signature is shown separately, as Peter signed the piece after the main photos. It appears at the bottom right corner, as unobtrusive as possible.]