Manurewa, Auckland. 2007.
The unique artwork references endangered land snails that date from the Pliocene era, when New Zealand was part of Gondwanaland.
The large flax snails (Placostylus hongii) survive in the Hokianga and on the Mokohinau and Poor Knights Islands.
Legend tells of the extraordinary sounds produced by the recoiling snail, frightening away enemy warriors and alerting the resident people of approaching danger.
People's Choice Award 2007.
Materials: Marine grade 316 Stainless Steel, hand finished and electropolished.
Dimensions: 2400mm x 950mm x 900mm (tapering)
Image: Virginia King.