Mother Nature has a sense of rhythm about her as one season flows into the next in a continuous cycle. It is this rhythm that the Keeper of the Four Seasons evolved. Here the rhythm is shown in a series of koru (fern fronds) that are almost in a wave-like motion, curling out one after the other, creating a moment of harmony within itself. This sculpture reflects that balance and harmony between the seasons of which Mother Nature is the guardian.
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu
Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”
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