This miniature bas-relief is actually a fridge magnet. By shaving off stone around the giraffe I am able to polish the raised stone and reveal the tawny colour giraffe while leaving the environment dusty beige. The surrounding material is scored to symbolize long grass and chipped to affect the leaves and branches of the thorny acacia tree. The stone is presented on a diagonal to emphasize the long neck of the giraffe.
Experimentation with material is what keeps sculpting interesting. This stone sculpture is thin, only ¼ inch thick. The perimeter is “nibbled” tool-work to create a naturalized edge. The elephants are very small, only ¼ to ¾ inch tall. The background material is shaved away to leave slightly raised elephants and mountains. The stone is all one colour but by polishing the raised portions through different grades of sand paper I am able to distinguish the elephants and mountains from the dusty savannah.
Whale – Mini