The Andamooka Tiger, is Cal the Stoner’s 15th Intricarved Grampians sandstone artwork and the most intricate in his body of work to date.
8,000 hours of intense concentration later and… Cal sculpted relentlessly for over three years. In February 2022 he completed The Andamooka Tiger.
There is nothing coincidental nor accidental about this sculpture! Each blow of the hammer and chisel is a minor study.
The form and feature of every stone is intently studied and hand crafted by the sculptor to serve it's place within the sculpture.
The year of the tiger!
He sculpted to portray a very specific moment in a tiger's natural time.
While relaxing on a large mossy rock, it is in the split second of being disturbed.
The tiger's claws have slid out, his top lips arch, muzzle crinkles and teeth bare into a snarl.
Cal started sculpting The Andamooka Tiger in the lively town of St Kilda in August 2018.
A move was made in March 2019 to the outback opal mining town of Andamooka. Here the sculpture began it’s metamorphosis into an Andamooka opal clawed, toothed, eyed and tail tipped intricarved stone sculpture.
No stones are a thin facade like a tile. Every stone has depth and strength. What’s seen of a stone might be small, but it goes in the depth of 80mm or 3 inches.
Drawing on the artisan trade of dry stone. Cal is able to deliberately create stone artworks that tell their own story.
The tiger features; rainbow matrix claws and tail tip, matrix opal teeth and pupils, honey matrix opal eyes and a black matrix opal nose. Observing the aptly named rainbow matrix opal. Movement of your gaze or changes in light can ignite a display of vivid flashing colour. The rainbow seemingly plays across the stone. A spectrum of light energy.
Sculptor's log, January 2022
Rory and The Andamooka Tiger compare paws
Cal shapes the striped chest detail
The structural metal base and rough skeleton were welded together by friend and collaborator, Duncan Felton. Sculpting commenced at The Theatre Research Institute warehouse in Williamstown, Victoria.