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Wood and glass sculpture consisting of two parallel glass panels with glass bases (parts b-c) that sit in a fitted depression on the wooden disk (part a). A pale green ribbon of rippled wood passes between the glass and is bolted to the wooden disk below. The panels are green glass, each with a frosted etching of a Maori-type paddle, with salmon and hammerhead shark motifs. Images in each panel are symmetrical in shape, and similar in design. Glass bases point away from each other. Glass panels have rippled edges.

Cultural Context

contemporary art


In 2003 the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver hosted “Kiwa - Pacific Connections”, a large contemporary exhibition of Maori art. Concurrently, they held a “Welcoming Exhibition” by eight Northwest Coast artists. This sculpture was made for the exhibition. The etched paddle images are inspired by both Coast Salish and Maori design elements. The donor, Mr. Henderson, purchased the sculpture from the exhibition on opening night in order to offer it as a donation to the Museum of Anthropology.

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