When something can generate excitement, joy and delight within us, we call it beautiful. Next time when you sense something beautiful, monitor your feelings. Beauty is the association of our good feelings with anything tangible or intangible. Sense of beauty is partially hardwired into the biological system for the purpose of sustaining life and ensuring its continuation, and is partially what we socially create and adopt. All these point to the fact that beauty is not exactly what is external but what is internal. Thus we have the saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.
Again, it is not just in the eyes, it is deep within each of us.
That is the message the artist is trying to portray, that beauty is within every single one of us and we all have the ability to shine as bright as the sun, in our chosen avenues in life.
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|Definition of Name
|A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense.
|An object/carving which represents and reflects an area or areas of high intellect or moral sense.
Tōtara can be found in both the North Island and the South Island, although it is mostly found in the Central North Island region, and in lowland reserves. The Tōtara tree can grow up to two and a half metres in diameter, with older and larger trees becoming hollow. The tree is identified by its dark brown trunk with bark that looks similar to paper strips coming away from the tree. The heartwood of Tōtara can be seen as a common brown reddish colour, the sapwood is a lighter shade of brown. Growth rings are present in the tree and are very distinctive as they are usually evenly spaced.