The artist, Darren Keith, carved this pole as a dedication for his four year old daughter. He was inspired by his daughters love for drawing and sea animals. Darren hopes this whale will be his daughters guardian in life for all her years to come, and will remain an important figure of her childhood.
The artwork is meant for not only his daughter but all young children from Tokoroa to adore and treasure, it is open for children to enjoy and study the fine piece of art on display in the township. This carving symbolises the sea life that are so precious and magical for our children, the imagination of this piece is clear and exciting.
|Location||Roslin Street children's play area|
|Materials||Mātai, Reclining on concrete and a large rock|
|Definition of Name||Tallulah - Tallulah is a girls name of Native American Indian origin. Tallulah holds the meaning of 'leaping' water, and is related closely with the Chochtaw word for water, 'oka'
Whale - a very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing
|Definition Interpretation||The whale is Tallulah's (a person), in some way shape or form.|