Location: Roslin Street children’s play area
Materials: Matai, Reclining on concrete and a large rock
Artist: Darren Keith
Definition of Name:
Tallulah – “Tallulah is a girls name of Native American Indian origin. Tallulah holds the meaning of “leaping” water, and is related closely with the Chochtaw word for water, “oka”.
Whale – “A very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing.”
Interpretation of Definition:
The whale is Tallulah’s (a person), in some way shape or form.
Meaning of the Sculpture / Carving:
The artist, Darren Keith, carved this pole as a dedication for his four year old daughter. He was inspired by his daughters love for drawing and sea animals. Darren hopes this whale will be his daughters guardian in life for all her years to come, and will remain an important figure of her childhood.
The artwork is meant for not only his daughter but all young children from Tokoroa to adore and treasure, it is open for children to enjoy and study the fine piece of art on display in the township. This carving symbolises the sea life that are so precious and magical for our children, the imagination of this piece is clear and exciting.
This log was donated by Te Putahitanga O Nga Ara Trust.
Matai heartwood can be a yellowish colour when cut fresh, although it darkens to a dark redish brown when exposed to sunlight. The timber could be confused with Rimu on first look, but Matai wood tends to have more pronounced growth rings. Matai is also strong smelling when first cut.
Matai can be found extensively throughout lowland forests, with heights of 25-30 metres recorded. Older more mature Matai are a sought after, in demand wood as it is one the highest and finest grades of native species. Matai is revered for high yields of heartwood timber that is clear and has an attractive finish.
Darren is a local man, from Tokoroa. He enjoys working with a number of different materials, as seen here he has a love for Matai wood, other pieces of his include the use of ceramics and various woods. He has already produced two works for the Talking Poles project, both of them for the Business and Professional Women’s Club. One of his other pieces which contain 6 ceramic panels, is in Leith Place.