Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Guardian of the Sea — Shark


  • Medium: glass (blown and sand-carved), pounamu (New Zealand jade), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 36.75 × 12 × 6 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: PL70901

The shark is a crest within the Eagle clan of the Tlingit and is often represented in a transformational state with human features. We have utilised the glass medium to capture the shape, colour and movement of the shark moving silently through water.

Preston Singletary

The shark is considered a kaitiaki (guardian) for many of our tribes. The mangopare (hammerhead shark) is important in our Te Arawa tribe migration myth, as their waka (canoes) were guided to Aotearoa by these magnificent rulers of the sea.

Lewis Gardiner

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.