Charles Wyndham Watson (1915-2002)
A pair ; each 88” H x 66” W 42”D
Mahiole by CHARLES WYNDHAM WATSON (1915-2002) [Gatehouse] is a pair of sculptures standing at an impressive height of eighty-eight inches tall and the enormous weight of seven tons per piece. Made of a deep rust-red marble that was quarried in India specifically for the project, these two Mahiole represent the feather helmet once worn by Hawai’ian royalty and set a regal theme befitting Halekulani upon entrance to the historic Gatehouse.
Known as “Chuck” Watson among his artist peers, he was an associate of master sculptor Isamu Noguchi who allowed Watson to use his studio for the production of these two massive works. The marble was sent directly to Noguchi’s studio in Shikoku, Japan where his disciple Masatoshi Izumi carved the two Mahiole. Thereafter, they were transported to Hawai’i for the Halekulani’s Fine Art Collection.
The prototype for these works belongs to The Contemporary Museum, acquired by the Honolulu Museum of Art.