The Andamooka Tiger claws flash the vivid colours of the Andamooka rainbow matrix opal.
The sculpture features rainbow matrix claws and tail tip. Matrix opal teeth and pupils. Honey matrix eyes and black matrix nose.
The Andamooka opal field is one of the oldest opals fields in Australia. Discovered in the 1930’s. It contains a significant variation of host rock producing numerous opal variations.
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.
Opal mined from the Andamooka opal fields dates to the cretaceous period, when the dessert was an inland sea. Andamooka derives from the Indigenous name meaning ‘large waterhole.’ When the great ancestor rainbow serpent came down to earth, the stones and pebbles turned to opals wherever it’s belly lay.
Visitors can tour the Andamooka opal field with The Andamooka Observatory. The tour includes a visit to Cal the Stoner’s open-air sculpture studio of course!