On The Alert


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 76.5cm (h)
  • 21cm (w)
  • 11.5cm (d)


portrait photo of Peter Chidzonga

Peter Chidzonga


“This is the stance of a bird when it senses danger. It is always on the alert for predators.”

The wings form bold and dramatic lines down the body of the stork.

Peter has used a number of sculpting techniques to create the various contrasting finishes on this lovely elegant 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.

Sculptures of this size are very versatile and work equally well indoors or out. Either way, we recommend a darker background and then use good natural light or a spotlight to make the matt white surface stand out.

Springstone is the local name for a hard type of serpentine stone. It has a very even internal structure of small grains of rock; it is dense and has very few flaws, and is perfect for Peter’s precise work.