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Sculpture | Paul Olson

The Vine

Regular price $2,320.00
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Sculpture | Paul Olson

The Vine

Regular price $2,320.00
Unit price
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Material:  Kauri

Dimensions:  270W x 1405H mm

 Inspired by  the history of the kumara and its journey around the world.  An ancient adventure that predates the European historical record.  A story of feeding your people (when food is eaten tapu is lifted and noa remains).

This piece traveled with Paul around New Zealand and was hand carved on the beaches of the far north and at festivals, gatherings and hui around the country.  It is about the essence of nature and nurture.  The materials themselves have their own stories.

The wood is old Kauri sarking that was recycled from a demolished house.  The house was well over a hundred years old, as were the chisels used to carve it.  The inlay is a concoction and the middle is based on an old sailing ship recipe of melted kauri gum and spirits.  

Finally the work was burnt numerous times to achieve this effect of age and wear.  The journey undertaken in the making of the Vine is but a shadow of the story of the vine itself.

From Andrew Wood (art expert and writer): "The Vine is both decoratively European with a hint of the colonial, including references to shipbuilding materials, and the aka of tradition and whakapapa. “Toi”, the general word for “art” in te reo Māori, can also mean “vine".


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