Native Tongue, Sculpture in the Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens, NZ — 2011

Flanked by groves of Australian gum and New Zealand totara, the ancient kauri sculpture, Native Tongue, positions prehistory at centre-stage.  The solid timber sculpture is formed from the heartwood of a single giant tree buried at the end of the last Ice Age, a rare and unique timber radio carbon-dated at over 45,000 years old.  Re-earthed and shaped as the figure I/One, the kauri I-form connects humanity with primordial beginnings.  With a curved geometry and silky smooth to touch, Native Tongue seduces the eye, the heart and the mind.