Stork Birds

2007

Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 62cm (h)
  • 26cm (w)
  • 25cm (d)
portrait photo of Richard Mteki

Two elegant storks with long graceful bills enjoy each other’s company.

For such large birds, black storks are surprisingly shy and shun any place where they might cross paths with humans. We’ve only seen them on the open spaces beside the airstrip at Harare International Airport (where all the humans are safely tucked away inside the planes!)

A super example of Richard’s instantly recognisable style. The long lines have been made with a grinder.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is a particularly good sculpture medium, as it has a very even internal structure of small grains of rock; it is dense and has very few flaws. It is the favoured medium for Zimbabwe’s most famous sculptors.