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The Inanga is the Māori similar to the Northwest salmon, it is a fish that is part of the galaxias maculatus family, these include other rare native fish. The inanga is a small fish which grow to approximately 100mm full size and is commonly known as whitebait. The inanga are not great swimmers and swim in shoals. The inanga will lay its eggs on the vegetation on the banks of rivers and streams with the egg stimulated to hatch from the spring melt. The hatchlings will head out sea and return the following year to spawn. Inanga are a prized food source - but more importantly one of the highest valued pounamu jade variety is named after them. —Lewis Gardiner
To me, the colour represents the salmonberry. The design could be interpreted as an abstract dragonfly. —Preston Singletary
Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.
Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.
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