Curves within curves

fern fronds

Ponga (silver fern) fronds — or koru. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Ferns grow abundantly in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the silver fern (ponga) has become one of our most recognisable national symbols, with both leaf and frond used widely in art and branding.

The koru (literally loop in Maori), or unfurled frond, is highly symbolic to Maori. It is frequently depicted across all Maori visual arts (something already mentioned by Ann-Christine in her ‘Curve’ post), and symbolises growth and the continuation of life as well as strength, endurance and power.

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