“Rūaumoko, atua (god) of earthquakes is the youngest son of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. This piece was carved after the Christchurch earthquakes. It was my way of acknowledging the loved ones that were lost in the quakes but also acknowledging Rūaumoko and for him to return to his peaceful state.”
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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