The making of a memorial

TEKOTEKO AND MANAIA

Here you can view the process of making this beautiful memorial and read the story and inspiration behind the design.

All from one block of stone came the Tekoteko, Headstone and Manaia.

 

I was very honoured to provide a headstone for a beloved member of the Maori deaf community.

 

I worked closely with the family regarding the design of the Tekoteko (human-like figure usually found atop the wharenui to protect and guard).

 

There were two specific design requirements - the hands were in a "heavy block" form so that the left hand could show the deaf sign for love. - the feet were webbed as was the tradition for his Iwi.

 

 

Brett Keno
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor
April 2015