This solid bronze and Australian made sculpture, on timber burl, 11cm H approx, features a Dingo. Dingoes, only found in Australia, are Australia’s only native canid and play an important role as an apex predator, keeping natural systems in balance. Their coats are commonly golden yellow, but they may have reddish, tan and black fur. They live in arid and semi-arid woodlands, heathy forests, coastal ranges, dry sclerophyll forest, mallee scrub and grasslands. They are pack animals, living in groups of 10 or so, though young males are often solitary.
Dingoes hold a significant place in the spiritual and cultural practices of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They feature in dreamtime stories and ceremonies, on cave paintings and rock carvings.
Hand made by Louise and Pete Smit at their Queensland foundry, arguably the smallest commercial foundry in Australia. They use the 3000-year-old Lost Wax Process using the traditional foundry casting technique. Every cast is unique with each piece first produced in wax which is then coated in a ceramic slurry to build a shell of 5mm thickness. The wax is then shock eliminated at 1000 C in a kiln, sintering the shell at the same time. The wax is recycled. Molten bronze is then poured into the shell. After cooling, each shell is sandblasted to reveal the bronze which is patinated, polished and clear coated. Enthralled by the majesty and diversity of the wildlife in this magnificent land and captivated by even the smallest of its creatures, Pete’s research for new subjects will never end.