This sculpture was named Crazyman because of the grass growing out of his head. The grass can be linked to the crazy nature of the human experience. Iman, the artist, was inspired by his time in the Cook Islands, which is where he first attempted large carvings. This work is Indonesian but also has a Māori influence. It is well loved by children because of its quirky appearance. This piece has become a solid part of the Tokoroa community's cultural diversity.
The native timber for this Talking Pole was donated by Te Putahitanga O Nga Ara Trust. Like the Canadian talking pole, which honours two cultures, this pole is a blend of Kiwi hardwood and Māori influences with Indonesian style and flair. Talk about crazy alright!
|Location||Leith Place Talking Pole Forest|
|Materials||Tōtara, On concrete base.|
|Artist||Iman Nar Hadh|
|Definition of Name||Crazy - possessed by enthusiasm, excitement or other behaviour that could be classified as beyond the norm
Man - a male adult human being
|Definition Interpretation||A male adult human being, possessed by enthusiasm excitement and lust for life who could be looked at and misjudged as being crazy or not part of the status quo.|
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. The wood of the tree has a straight grain, which allows it to be easily split the wood is also very fine and has an even texture that has an attractive finish.
Iman is from Jakarta in Indonesia, and lives in Tauranga. He loves living in New Zealand and calls it his second home. He has carved a variety of materials including beautiful ice sculptures, in many different locations around the world.