John Edgar – Font
Basalt – $8,200.00
Bowls are one of the most important and ubiquitous human implements. Their origins are as old as us. From a lake surrounded by hills to the great bowl of the night and from a bowl of food to a fire pit they sustain and nurture us. They are simple and evocative, peaceful and benign. And they hold water. The still pond, a natural bowl of water, was the first mirror and it was there that humans first saw themselves.
As a keen landscaper and gardener at my home in the kauri forest at Karekare I am well aware of the physical and symbolic importance of water in a garden. Large bowls that hold water have many important references to the ritual acts of libation, cleansing, christening and drinking – acts that refresh, revitalise and renew body and spirit in the same that gardens do. I do not propose that these sculptures have continuous water supply, but that they are filled by the rain or by the gardener. In my own garden I have such water bowls and the act of filling them to overflowing is very satisfying.
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