'WHAI' Stingray carvings by John Collins
'WHAI' Stingray carvings by John Collins. Kauri wood, stained and inlaid with Paua shell.
Two unique sculptures approximately 550 x 550 x 80 mm. Conceived and hand carved in Southland, Te Wai Pounamu.
John Collins' sculpture of living creatures is fluid and visually powerful. The Whai carvings connect us to the marine ecosystem these creatures inhabit, evoking its beauty, but also reminding us of its fragility. The Stingray's association with people, places and culture is conveyed through the fine surface carving.
Price NZ$7000.00 each
Note: Whai are considered guardians of the areas where shellfish are gathered by the Whanau a Apanui people of the East Coast of Te Ika a Maui. They inhabit coasts and harbours of Aotearoa New Zealand.