E. E. Hibbard Animal Sculptures

Wild Horse Stone Sculpture

A sculpture, but doesn't it look like a fossil?
A sculpture, but doesn't it look like a fossil? | Source

The story of the stones

Everett Hibbard invited me to his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey to select a limited edition print from a series that he had just received back from the publisher. I noticed some stone sculptures on his porch and asked about them. He told me this story of artistic inspiration and creation.

What hides inside?

He and his wife liked to travel in the Southwest United States. He enjoyed hiking the mountain trails. He kept his eye out for rocks with unusual shapes and stories. I asked him, "What shapes?" and he replied "usually animals hiding in the stone." When he got the rock home, he set about bringing the animal out so we could see it. I asked him how he did that and he replied that it was simply a matter of cutting and grinding away the part that wasn't animal.

Animals carved out of small stones by E.E. Hibbsrd

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The climbing bearThe condorThe elephant salaamThe gorillaThe leopardThe melanistic jaguarThe salukiThe spider monkey and the small gorillaThe standing bearThe wild horse
The climbing bear
The climbing bear | Source
The condor
The condor | Source
The elephant salaam
The elephant salaam | Source
The gorilla
The gorilla | Source
The leopard
The leopard | Source
The melanistic jaguar
The melanistic jaguar | Source
The saluki
The saluki | Source
The spider monkey and the small gorilla
The spider monkey and the small gorilla | Source
The standing bear
The standing bear | Source
The wild horse
The wild horse | Source


The condor is a tiny black sentinel at 3 inches tall.

Climbing Bear

A pleasing light green stone, this is a larger sculpture at 8 in. by 7 in. by 3 in. The life like texture makes the bear appear to be climbing out of the stone.

Elephant salaam

This elephant doesn't seem to have been far from the surface. A few lines, a little shellac (?) and this gentle 6.5 in. by 3.5 in. by 2 in. giant takes a bow.


Might be sub-titled "The Thinker." At 4.5 in. by 3 in. by 3 in. it sits in the palm of your hand.


Hibbard found this leopard in a rock in 1992. This 9.5 in. cat could be sunning itself on the rock.


This is a 7.5 inch version of a big dog species.

Melanistic Jaguar

This 7 inch forest prowler is also known as a black panther.

Standing Bear

Only 4 inches tall, including the base. The bear was carved from a small, rough, red rock. The base is a different contrasting rock.

Spider Monkey and small Gorilla

This is a compelling little 4 x 4 scene that makes me think of a prehistoric cave painting.

Wild Horse

At 5 in. by 4 in. by 1 in., this looks like a fossilized, hand sized, horse.

Hibbard sculpture poll.

Which animal sculpture do you like best?

  • Climbing Bear
  • Condor
  • Elephant Salaam
  • Gorilla
  • Leopard
  • Lizard and the Shrew
  • Melanistic Jaguar
  • Saluki
  • Spider Monkey and Small Gorilla
  • Standing Bear
  • Wild Horse
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The story sculpture

E.E. Hibbard tells a story in this stone sculpture. Sculpted in 1982 it's a life sized imagining of a predator stalking his prey around a tree stump. At 9 in. by 8 in. by 6 in. and 10 pounds it is more substantial than most of the Hibbard stone sculptures.

The lizard and the shrew

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A lizardcircles a stumpseeking the shrewSigned by the artist
A lizard
A lizard | Source
circles a stump
circles a stump | Source
seeking the shrew
seeking the shrew | Source
Signed by the artist
Signed by the artist | Source

Circle the Sculpture and See a Story Unfold...

What We See
The lizard creeps around the tree stump...
It's a sawn off stump, and there is something on the other side...
It's a shrew and it better get moving!

Rock versus stone

What's the correct term for the Hibbard creations? I was confused by this at first, did some research and settled on this distinction. The lumps of earth that Hibbard collected on his walks are rocks. As he worked his creative process on the rock, he transformed it into a stone piece, a stone sculpture.

Essentially a natural chunk of hard earth is a rock. After a rock has been processed in some way (polished, tumbled, chiseled, carved) it is referred to as a stone.

Here is a pretty good discussion of the rock v.stone question.

Comments 1 comment

Infomanian 4 months ago

The ability to carve an animal image out of a stone is impressive. The ability to see the animal in the first place is awesome!

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