Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Shark Journey - Te Korokoro o te Parata

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The name Te Arawa refers to the shark. Te Arawa canoe en route to Aotearoa was saved from the throat of the parata by the incantation of the tohunga (high priest) Ngātoroirangi. This chant saved the canoe from being swamped and sunk in the whirlpool.
—Lewis Gardiner

This is a Tlingit shark design with no specific story. The human face is mostly ornamentation, but representing a human spirit.
—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.