On The Alert

2019

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 147cm (h)
  • 24cm (w)
  • 25cm (d)

71.5kg

Head raised, the bird watches and listens for signs of danger; it is always good to be vigilant.

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.

A super example of Peter’s work, executed with his customary attention to detail and perfect finishing.

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; once cool, he buffs it up to a shine.

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 with the piece.]