Here you can view the process of making this beautiful memorial and read the story and inspiration behind the design.
TEKOTEKO AND MANAIA
The making of a memorial
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.
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor