The creation of this sculpture evolved from the shape of an egg. I wanted to get light from one side to another. By hollowing out the ‘egg’ and creating a path for the light this sculpture generates some superb light and shade effects.
When my neighbours saw this, they said they just had to have one, so I created a similar sculpture for them that now adorns their deck, where in the full evening sun the colours mellow and ever changing shadows are cast.
Hopu Hihi - the Sun Catcher
(verb) (-ngia,-a,-kia,-kina) to seize, catch, snatch, detect, take in the act.
Ko te hīnaki aka anō te mea pai ake ki te hopu tuna, i tā te Pākehā HP 1991:15). / The eel pot made from vines is a better one to catch eels than that of the Pākehā.
1.(noun) ray of sun.
Tēnā titiro atu ō tātou kanohi ki ngā hihi kanapa o te rā e torengi atu ana i runga i te moana whānui, i runga i ngā pae maunga (TKO 15/7/1885 wh8). / Now look at the gleaming rays of the sun setting on the wide ocean and on the mountain ranges.
Hopu Hihi - the Sun Catcher was originally conceptualised as a twist on Ying and Yang. However, the stone dictated its own form and developed a unique strength.
The sculpture twists up from the base which represents the dynamic power of a whale fluke and the sun casts different shadows on the strong form, and is re-energised in the ‘dish’ as the rays come through the hole. As you move around this sculpture, you see changes in shape and form. An ideal piece for a large garden that can be mounted at eye level or on a plinth.