Solid bronze and Australian made sculpture of a Kangaroo in flight on sandstone, 9cm H approx. Kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials. A Red Kangaroo can weigh 90kg and grow two meters tall. Kangaroos have short hair, powerful hind legs, small forelimbs, big feet and a long tail. They have excellent hearing and keen eyesight. Kangaroos are famous for their means of locomotion: hopping! They can reach speeds of 60kph, clearing more than 8m with a single hop!
Their muscular tail is used for balance when hopping, and as another limb when moving about. They also use their tail when swimming and are good swimmers, swimming to avoid predators and can use their forepaws to drown pursuers.
Kangaroos can’t move backwards. It’s for this reason they are featured on the Australian coat of arms, an animal that can only move forwards as a symbol of national progress.
They are famous for their forward-opening pouch, where the Joey (baby kangaroo) develops and suckles.
This piece is beautifully designed by Tony Kean, Craftsman, Jeweler and Sculptor. Tony taught art and craft in secondary schools for over 20 years. Since 1979 his workmanship has developed a beautiful range of jewellery, sculpture and utilitarian items which capture the essence of Australia’s landscape and it’s unique birds and animals. In that time he has earned a reputation as a sensitive designer and master craftsman, maintaining rigid control over the quality of his work and the quantity which the workshop produced.
With fine attention to detail he captures the charm of the Platypus and the graceful lines of the native Gumleaf. The country’s abundant natural resources are utilized in Tony’s designs, pebbles and stones washed smooth by oceans and rivers form the bases for many of his small sculptures.
Over the years Tony has become an artistic ambassador for Australia. His work has been presented to international visitors by the Commonwealth and State Governments as well as being presented by Australia’s Prime Minister when travelling overseas on official visits.
In the very important area of gift giving, the discerning gift giver can find in Tony’s work many of the characteristics which go into making up that special gift – a very personal, individual expression in design, fresh and unique articles and a reflection of personally controlled high standards of hand craftsmanship – the human touch.
Each piece comes nicely boxed with information about the subject along with a Profile of Tony.