Courting Couple

2017

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 96cm (h)
  • 33cm (w)
  • 17cm (d)

45.5kg

These young birds are courting, performing a dance together.

Peter has kept things very simple here, to great effect. The sculpture is defined by its clean, elegant lines.

Peter achieves the brushed effect of the feathers by stroking the stone with a blunt rasp. The shiny parts have been sanded smooth, heated and clear wax applied, then buffed up to a shine.

It would make a dramatic centrepiece in a garden, as it looks striking from all angles. 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.