The Process

The sculpture pictured here was created from a twig collected by the “Shady Pool” at Hans Heysens Cedars Estate in Hahndorf.

I start my process by selecting a large variety of branches and twigs from a particular location. I find the most significant and often most difficult part of my process is by far the culling of the final twigs. It’s difficult to describe just what it is that draws me to the final selected forms. All I can say is that after doing this for over 25 years I still get so excited when I find a striking form.

I then use the selected twig as my maquette and replicate the forms on a magnified scale, often 10 to 20 times larger than the original size of the twig.

The favoured mediums that I like to work in are bronze, woven and welded steel and stone.

This sculpture “The Shady Pool” is made from solid cast bronze. The finished sculpture was highly polished and sealed. It can found located in the actual Shady Pool where the original twig was collected as part of the permanent collection at the Cedars estate.

This sculpture won the peoples choice award at the 2012 Heysen Sculpture Biennial.

The Shady Pool Comparison Peter Syndicas