When Shadows Come to Life – sculpture of three kudu bulls

The Greater Kudu's best defense is it's ability to hide. To do this it uses shadows offered by the bush and terrain where it is found. A Kudu will take refuge on the top of a tree covered termite mound and will allow a predator to approach within a few yards. They will remain motionless and allow the predator to pass by within a few yards. However if the Kudu suspects that he or she has been spotted they will break cover usually giving vent to an alarm call in the form of a throaty bark as they smash out of the cover. I have tried to capture this behaviour in this sculpture realizing at the same time that to sculpt the dense cover in bronze would be problematical. Anyone who has hunted the Greater Kudu will know exactly what I am trying to portray here.

Dimensions: 27" L x 15" H x 17" D

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  1. Jim Hensley
    September 17, 2012


  2. Gordon
    September 18, 2012

    What tallent. Lovely stuff…

    Just back from a 4,000 mile safari in Bots, Namibia and SA. Saw this scene several times. Thanks for the re-creation.

  3. Nan Drissell
    September 18, 2012

    truly gave me chills….. thanks John for sending the information.

  4. Michelle Wallace
    September 18, 2012

    So much movement – it’s simply stunning!

  5. Bryan Ross
    December 30, 2012

    Nice Job John!
    I really like the stripes on the side of the bull in
    back. Hope to see you in Reno at SCI!!
    Bryan Ross ,Sculptor, Idaho


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