The Ulu Vessel
Blown – Carved – Glass / 11.5 ”h x 12” w approx.
The Ulu, or breadfruit, is yet another canoe plant of ancient Hawaii. This tree, it’s leaves and fruits, are a so beautiful and abundant when in it’s full fruiting bloom.
Its beauty stands out in any garden, grove, or yard. Easily 40-60 feet tall, with branches spanning a similar-size diagonally. Dark-green lobed leaves of the breadfruit tree form a graceful tapestry from which lime-green globes, weighing up to 10 pounds each, dangle gracefully in the Hawaiian trades.
Ulu, as it is named in Hawaiian, was one of the few subsistence plants the Polynesians brought with them when they sailed to the Hawaiian Islands. It never quite became a staple food in Hawai’i ( Taro played that role). Even so, ulu’s mythical origins, its fame in history, and its immense usefulness to islanders have made the tree an immortal symbol of Hawai’i Nei.
Hawaii’s infinite beauty and rich culture is the muse and source of inspiration for Daniel’s vessels and sculptures.