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Whale of a carving

Tuesday 28 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art

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Whale of a carving
The Paikea Whale of Hope carving on a basalt by Hori Miller, located at Tikioki. 20072706/20072702

Artist Hori Miller has carved a striking design of a whale in a massive basalt rock the size of a van.

Seeing the rock for the first time, “I saw the shape of a whale in there take form.”

“It’s good to the opportunity to do this, because it’s not often you get a rock that size,” said Miller.

There is no colour added to carved piece: “The colours in the rock are all natural.”

Miller started carving on the rock last Thursday and hopes to complete the polish and oil this week.

Also the owner of ‘Hori Signs’, he has completed many carvings using local wood and coral stones.

“It’s more of a passion more than a job,” Miller said.

· You can visit his Facebook page “artbyhori”.