Rhino Sculpture

By Gys Potgieter

Designer

Gys Potgieter

Artist

Charles, Zimbabwean family

Tree

Black iron wood

Black Ironwood Rhino Sculpture

This beautiful sculpture was carved by Charles and members of his family who reside in Zimbabwe. Gys Potgieter designed the plinths from camphor wood using Leadwood inserts.

DESIGNER

Gys Potgieter is the visionary and owner of Kuni, a master of his craft and doing what he loves – crafting wood by hand. He favours indigenous wooden slabs and his designs flow with the shape, grain and nature of the slab. For Gys, the perfectly crafted furniture piece is as functional as it is beautiful. It is not about the extent or number of items produced, but about the passion and pride of producing a single, unique, handcrafted work of art, a natural object of lasting beauty.

 

 


BLACK IRON WOOD

THE TREE

Black ironwood trees frequently reach heights of about 35 metres. This is about the same as the rooflines of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, or many northern European cathedrals. Unlike the last named, the trees are not built with staircases up to the roof, and so canopy ecology of African forests is essentially unknown. However, examination of the flowers and fruits of the smaller subspecies, and indeed other members of the genus and family, allow one to make suggestions as to what a suitably airborne ecologist may expect to find. The flowers of all olives are small, white and faintly scented, so one may expect their pollinators to be small, night-flying insects. In the case of tall forest trees, it is almost certain that these are as yet undescribed. The fruits are fleshy and in some subspecies quite large, so becoming attractive to at least moderately large birds (such as pigeons and, where they co-occur with the trees - not in the southern Cape - Hornbills), and mammals such as monkeys, bushpigs and elephants.

Most forest trees are intimately associated with root fungi (mycorrhiza) to the benefit not only of both obvious partners, but to many surrounding plants and fungi of different species. Finally, dead wood is recycled by a different suite of fungi, the fruiting bodies of some of which may be seen from time to time as mushrooms and brackets. Crous et al . (2006) pointed out some time ago that only about 5% of these fungi have ever been named.

Reference: PlantzAfrica.com

PHOTOGRAPHIC ANGLES

  • Angle 1
  • Angle 2
  • Angle 3
  • Angle 4
  • Angle 5
  • Angle 1

    Angle 1

  • Angle 2

    Angle 2

  • Angle 3

    Angle 3

  • Angle 4

    Angle 4

  • Angle 5

    Angle 5

OTHER PIECES BY GYS POTGIETER

  • Jackelberry Dining Table
    JACKELBERRY DINING TABLE
  • Camphor Server
    CAMPHOR SERVER
  • KUNI Leadwood Coffee Table
    LEADWOOD COFFEE TABLE
  • Sculp1 1 WildOliveandGlassCoffeeTable
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
  • Sculp5 1 LeadwoodandGlassCoffeeTable
    LEADWOOD AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
  • Sculp4 1 JackelberryPlatter
    JACKELBERRY PLATTER
  • Sculp2 1 AfricanWattle
    AFRICAN WATTLE SCULPTURE
  • Sculp3 1 RedKaree
    RED KAREE SCUPLTURE
  • wildoliveandglassdiningtable
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS DINING TABLE
  • wildoliveandglassdisplaytable
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS DISPLAY TABLE
  • Jackalberry Floor Lamp jackalberryfloorlamp
    JACKALBERRY FLOOR LAMP
  • Matumi Centrepiece Bowl
    MATUMI CENTREPIECE BOWL
  • Leadwood Branch
    LEADWOOD BRANCH
  • Small Elephant Sculpture
    SMALL ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Medium Elephant Sculpture
    MEDIUM ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Large Elephant Sculpture
    LARGE ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Redi Ivory Sculpture
    RED IVORY SCULPTURE
  • Red Ivory Horn Sculpture
    RED IVORY KUDU HORNS
  • Warthog Sculpture
    WARTHOG SCULPTURE
  • Teardrop Sculpture
    TEARDROP SCULPTURE
  • Rhino Sculpture
    RHINO SCULPTURE
  • Olive wood lightning bolt
    OLIVE WOOD LIGHTNING BOLT
  • Red Ivory Flame
    RED IVORY FLAME
  • Red Ivory Swan
    RED IVORY SWAN

OTHER PIECES IN COLLECTION

  • Rhino Sculpture
    RHINO SCULPTURE
  • Warthog Sculpture
    WARTHOG SCULPTURE
  • Large Elephant Sculpture
    LARGE ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Teardrop Sculpture
    TEARDROPP SCULPTURE
  • Medium Elephant Sculpture
    MEDIUM ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Small Elephant Sculpture
    SMALL ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
  • Red Ivory Sculpture
    RED IVORY SCULPTURE
  • Red Ivory Horn Sculpture
    RED IVORY HORN SCULPTURE

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