Bridal Bower

2019

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 83cm (h)
  • 24cm (w)
  • 17cm (d)

24kg

The female stork dips her head gracefully to her partner; she is acknowledging that their union is sealed after their courtship.

The bird is bowing – so this piece isn’t about a bridal bower in the conventional sense: of a room where the bride dresses, or an arbour of protective branches!

This lovely medium-sized sculpture is striking in its simplicity, combining sweeping lines with restrained finishing. It would be perfect as a focal point for a small garden, or by a pond perhaps, 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.

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. However, we do have some circular slabs in sparkly black or pale grey available for sale – please enquire if you’re interested.]