Aotea (Long White Cloud)
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi is a tufuga lalava, an expert in the Tongan art of binding with coconut sennit. He frequently uses lashing patterns in his sculpture.
Aotea (Long White Cloud) combines multiple atmospheric, nautical and geographical associations. It reflects wave patterns, Auckland's volcanic hills, wind and fishing nets. Tohi describes it also as being 'a metaphor for many islands'.