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Gill Gatfield

Native Tongue
10 ft H x 5 ft 7 in. W

Medium: ancient kauri (agathis australis). A monumental solid I is carved from a single slab of heartwood from a giant ancient kauri. The rare and unique timber, from a prehistoric forest, is radio carbon-dated at over 45,000 years old - predating the last Ice Age, the migration of Neanderthal man, early cave painting in Europe, the development of language, and human occupation of Aotearoa/NZ. Carefully excavated from the depths of a Northland NZ peat swamp, this alpha native articulates a one word/one number text message. A new antiquity, brought to light, Native Tongue will begin again, with time, to silver with age. Exhibited: Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens 2011; Telecom Head Office - Telecom Place, Auckland 2012