Strands of Time
Strands of Time
The Strands of Time is a sculpture for the Kooge family.
Designed for their 35th wedding anniversary. Its purpose is to show their meaning of the strong family/whanua approach they have to their family that extends to friends and then to the people they have met on their life journey together.
The design started out as an abstract boat. Water has featured strongly in their lives over the years. They had their little runabout boat, loved swimming and water activities with the children as they were growing up. I said, “ I was having trouble putting the children into the boat”. Jordan, one of the adult-children said, “That doesn’t matter, we were hardly in the boat anyway, we were outside swimming”.
I kept abstracting the design down to water and then the waves of the ocean. I wanted the waves to have a sense of movement and curl into each other creating a sense of movement, love, and beauty. The three waves can be combined together to tell their family story. Behind the waves is part of the ship sailing slowly through the water, a metaphor for sailing through life.
There are three waves. The top wave curls to the front over the other waves. This wave represents the grandparents. They travelled to New Zealand by ship, one grandparent, Steve’s Father, coming from the Netherlands and Anne’s great-grandparents came from Ireland. The next wave is Steve and Anne and lower wave is their three children. The little half moons are the grandchildren to come. The curling of the waves into each other creates a sense of safety and how they support each other yet able to move along their own paths.The Kooge family are a strong catholic family. The three waves also symbolise, The Father, the son, and the holy spirit.I feel the sculpture also has a sense of calm that comes with 35 years of getting to know each other, acceptance of life’s foibles, a sense of accomplishment and achievement.