Influenced by the fallen totara forests of Banks Peninsula, the tiki figure laments over the twisted, sculptural, silver giants which once stood to provide a majestic skyline over Port Levy. We imagine the terrain as it must have been and beg the question, why.
The simplicity of a beach holiday where 'being' is the core experience. Smell, sound taste and images permeate our psyche and we feel content, connected and accepting of the earth in all its temperaments.
Koro (respected elder) rests easy at his whare, his home, his castle. He is comforted by the natural state of his environment where nostalgia blows from the north of a life so long ago, it could have been someone elses.
With time, small treasures of a by-gone era slip out of sight and into memory. Cars were cool, summers were hot, the high point of a day was a trip to the dairy and everything I wanted could be bought for a dollar.
As kids, the local dairy was the hub of social cool. 25 cents was decent money, K-bars were dicing with the dentist, fags were lollies, germs were only caught through girls, being old meant over 20 and abilities were discovered by double dares.
This image represents the intrinsic values of nature and nurture through our connection to Papatuanuku (Earth Mother). A rebirth takes place and in doing so brings with it a new consciousness of the tupuna (ancestors) that stood before. The exotic gold-finch brings the past into present and sings a song of new dawns.
The vibrational song of the earth is reserved for those who are prepared to listen. Here the Tiki figure embraces Papatuanuku as an infant gains comfort from its own mother's heartbeat. Tuatara act as guardian to the infant and offer guidance and wisdom in the ways of being.
In every situation, the push-pull effect requires energy. Positively or negatively that charge creates dynamic change. A spirit is lifted if only for a short time by the whiff of future. Building block brothers feel his lightness and are empowered by their act of unity.
Millions of tourists flock to exotic destinations every year to validate their ancestry and provide some explanation of who and where we are today. The Tiki finds solace in the remote Easter Island monoliths and considers the connection to his ancestry of inter island voyagers.