“This sculpture is the beginning of the Pathfinder Cenotaph series. The waka (Canoe) cenotaph represents a memorial marker of the journey and battles indigenous nations have encountered to survive in western society while still maintaining their rangatiratanga (independence) from the influences of this ever-changing world. Eternal Freedom Mō Ake Tonu Atu”.
—Barry Te Whatu
Taranaki Tuturu, Ngā Puhi
Barry was born in Taranaki and raised in a little northern town in Maungaturoto. Barry’s inspiration and passion for Māori Art and carving developed in the early 1990’s when he returned to Taranaki in his teenage years to study Fine Arts at Taranaki Polytechnic. Barry furthered his studies and graduated from Wellington Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Visual Arts in 2006.
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