Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Acknowledgement of Ancestors


  • Medium: glass (blown and sand-carved), pounamu (New Zealand jade), walrus ivory
  • Size: 32 × 9 × 11 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: PL70918

This is a statesman-like figure with the eagle and wolf designs acknowledging the two important crests of a powerful chief. Like many of these pieces, we shied away from specific mythologies and concentrated on mutual themes, shapes and concepts.

Preston Singletary

This sculpture has a stylized pounamu (jade) head honouring Maori and Northwest Coast peoples. Maori design elements are a contemporary form of pakati and haehae (both surface designs of wood carving). These notches and designs create a humanistic form of the body with arms and legs exposed in a haka (action dance) stance. The haka can signify acknowledgement.

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.