Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Talon Amulet - Niho-taniwha


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The hokioi, the giant eagle, was the ultimate predator of the skies. The stories told were that it consumed Moa and children alike. Its ability to cut and weave its way through the sky was second to none, its claws so strong that it left notches and gouges that were like haehae and niho-taniwha, surface designs found on Māori whakairo (wood carving).
—Lewis Gardiner

For me, this was an anthropomorphic bird form that could support the mythology that exists in both cultures.
—Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

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.