From April 16 to June 9, 2015, the Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art will be displaying Derek Lardelli's "Whatu: An insight into the Māori World." Lardelli is Māori artist from New Zealand whose works include the graphics used for corporate Air New Zealand's rebranding, the composition of the All Blacks rugby team haka, Ta moko (traditional Māori tattooing), sculpture, and more.
The word “whatu” has many meanings in translation. Literally, whatu is translated from Māori to English as "eye." More fully, whatu can be defined as an insightful “all-seeing eye,” but it can also mean “to weave or to bring together,” and, in ancient schools of learning, the “whatu” was an initiation stone fed to scholars. The title of Lardelli’s exhibition was chosen with all of these meanings in mind.
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