Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whale Effigy – Pākaru


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The breaching killer whale. The killer whales are highly social mammals working well in unison with no known predators. This design is about referencing traditional forms and developing them with the use of new materials and cross cultural collaboration, hence the breaching whale.
—Lewis Gardiner

The killer whale is supported by Eagles. This pertains the moiety within the Tlingit tribe that my family belongs to, the opposite being the Raven. Kagwaanatn Killer Whales are said to be a split from the Klukwaan Killer Whale house.
—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.