The mother leads her chick – she is teaching it about the world, how to survive.
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, which then has the added benefit of making it an easy piece to light dramatically with a spotlight.
Springstone is the local Zimbabwean name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. The pale lines are veins in the stone.