Papua New Guinea Carving
This work features a warrior from the Highlands wearing a special headdress and holding a spear, this work is one done, in an almost cultural part one and two conjunction with his other piece, a crocodile which contains a story of initiation. Each figure is produced in such honest detail that you get the impression that they could easily come to life and quite happily wander off. Bernard's tribal area in Papua New Guinea has taken the crocodile as its symbol. He carves one into any sculpture he does, whether it big or small. He believes the authenticity and passion his community hold for their arts, can be seen through the tribal symbol that has been carved.
What is impressive about Bernard's work is the way he gets it to look more like sculpture than carving.
|Location||Roslin Street children's play area|
|Materials||Tōtara, on concrete plinth.|
|Definition of Name||New Guinea Pole - pole carving from New Guinea|
|Definition Interpretation||Carved pole, located in, or drawing inspiration from New Guinea.|