'TOHORA' Blue Whale sculpture by John Collins
'Tohora' / Blue Whale sculpture. Hand carved by John Collins from a single piece of Macrocarpa timber. Stained, with inlaid Paua Shell eyes.
1.5 metres long by 500mm at widest points of fluke.
Supplied on metal stand 1.2 metres height. The sculpture is removable from its stand, and could be displayed in a different way at the discretion of the owner - for example on a wall mounted bracket.
John Collins carving workshop is on the very edge of Coastal Southland, Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. This is an environment rich in marine life, however was previously a base for the whaling industry which decimated whale populations around New Zealand's coast.
Imbued with personality, 'Tohora' is portrayed swimming in its marine domain.
The surface decorative carving is a traditional Maori pattern known as 'Taratara A Kae', and relates to a story about the whale.
The Blue Whale is the largest animal known to have ever existed. It lives in every ocean of the world.