|Detail of the Waka after conservation (image from JCMS)|
The Waka was away from public view for many years due to its incompleteness and poor condition.
Conservator Charles Stable worked in collaboration with George Nuku, a Māori carver. As you will see, their interventions are quite innovative as Nuku used a variety of materials to carve the missing parts of the Waka. Besides all the 'material aspects' of the treatment, the paper describes the relationships that developed between artist, curator and conservator involved in the process. Really interesting!
Do take a look at the article and let us know what you think!