76.000 x 50.000 cm.
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Painting - Dyes And Resist On Silk
This painting is a tribute to the seven Pacific Voyager vaka or double hulled sailing canoes, which have just completed an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean, using traditional navigational methods and powered by wind and sun only. This project has seen indigenous people from island nations across the Pacific collaborate to revive traditional navigation methods, while spawning new interest in the preservation of island cultures and respect for our ocean environment. �Tribute� features the key methods used by our voyaging ancestors � and by the vaka crews of today: Charting the stars, observing the positions of sun and moon, noting the direction of prevailing winds, currents, and swells... Watching for significant cloud formations, reading clues in the presence of plant debris floating by, observing the migration patterns of ocean wildlife, the flight of seabirds... A fragment of a traditional Polynesian stick chart, used by sailors to show the direction of currents, wind, and waves, with shells marking the position of islands, is also featured here.
July 22nd, 2012
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