Monday, November 07, 2011

AOTEAROA, land of the long white cloud

When it comes to making an epic journey, I couldn't have picked a better place. New Zealand is a natural wonderland. The subtropical climate ensured the natives had a plentiful supply of wood perfect for carving. Even the geology provided materials (Jade and Oamaru) that were destined to be painstakingly carved into intricate forms. The geographic isolation of NZ has kept the native art fairly unadulterated. All of these factors have contributed to NZ's esteemed spot in the carving world. I was in heaven.

Carved totem, Marlborough Sound

Meeting house, Waitangi Treaty Ground

Depiction of a Moko (facial tattoo mask), Gallery in Auckland

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