The Details

Name - Matariki1

Location - Stonefields Walkway

Created By - Rachel Silver/Silver Mosaics

Sponsor - Winstone Aggregates, Humes Pipelines, Golden Bay Cement, Fletcher Wire and Firth Concrete

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by the whale named Matariki that graced a New Zealand harbour causing the cancellation of the Matariki fireworks celebration. Matariki is an abbreviation of Ngā Mata o te Ariki – The Eyes of the God. Whales are known as water deities or gods of the ocean, worshipped throughout the world. In te ao Māori the eyes of the god referred to is Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds and weather who tore out his own eyes, crushed them into pieces and stuck them onto the sky. The eyes in the Tail represent the nine stars in the Matariki constellation.

Whale Tales 2022 Art Trail