Scientific Name: Amphisalta Zealandica
Maori Name: Kihikihi wawa, matua kihikihi, ngengeti.
Cicada song heralds the arrival of summer and is a celebration of seasonal change and regeneration. Throughout history, the cicada has provided a rich metaphor, symbolising resurrection, immortality and transformation.
Images of engraved cicadas have been found in archaeological sites of Minoan Crete. Plato referenced the cicada chorus in the Phaedrus; 'They settle down amidst sacred figurines and the summer music of cicadas.'
Cicadas (Tzitzikia) are known for their distinctive tzi tzi noise that becomes louder and more frequent on hot summer days. While only the male cicada sings, cicadas make the loudest sound in the insect world.
Materials: laser cut and hand-finished, 316 marine grade, stainless steel, 1.5mm
Dimensions: Length 280mm x Height 160mm x Width 190mm
Editioned Series of 50, begun 2011