Fine Art

One little Elephant balancing

Cast in bronze with a bold powder blue patina, this bronze sculpture crosses into surrealism

Inspired by spending time with my baby daughter, singing nursery rhymes in Italy.

 The bronze maquette stands at 70/15/16.5cm in height on an aluminum base 19.3L/10W/8H with an edition of 12 potential castings.

Inspired by an European nursery rhyme little Elephant dances on the spiderweb, the thread of life, and is part of the eternal spiral…it is time to call up another little elephant…

By Stephen Rautenbach

My Portfolio: I am a sculptor and artist. I studied Fine Art at Mandela Metropolitan University. I worked as a fettler and an artisan at a bronze foundry for a couple of years.
I was a teacher of sculpture at Somerset College for four and a half years and also lectured space and volume at Stellenbosch University for a short period. I did teach sculpture privately. I have a public studio/gallery in Stellenbosch South Africa. I do private and corporate commissions on sculptural portraiture, animal and bird sculptures. Sculptures are made in wax, plasticine or plaster before I have them cast in bronze.
I am currently represented by the George Thornton Art Gallery in the UK, Nottingham, where I have sculptures on Exhibition.
Locally in South Africa I have a few bronze sculptures at the Posthouse Gallery as well as an extensive collection of bronze sculptures at my Studio Gallery, 44 Church Street Stellenbosch South Africa.
I do illustrative pen and ink drawings and the occasional lithograph.
My other website is and

5 replies on “One little Elephant balancing”

Etherial – lovely – want to own this piece- its beautiful, not enough superlatives.
Was in the gallety this afternoon and had to be dragged out- really interesting and impressive pieces – talent and vision combined.

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