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10.10-Island-3-detail-a Highlights Relevant to the Sustainable Design:

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These are examples of carvings in the lava. A mother and son are depicted next to a body that is tied to a carrying pole for a traditional Hawaiian burial practice. The simplicity of the figures is an example of early iconography from the native island people. They had sustainable design at the center of their coexistence with nature, more from necessity than environmental philosophy. As an example, the conservation of resources is illustrated with the carrying pole versus a more material-intensive coffin.


Here are some additional examples of carvings from Hawaii that caught my attention while climbing the volcanoes:


carving in lava


More examples of lava carving:

The figure outline in this image is for scale to illustrate the size of the fold-out field drawing. The descriptions of certain key elements and insights are included with the accompanying drawings in this section.

carving in lava

Author and illustrator: Charlie Szoradi is an architect, inventor, and the CEO of Independence LED Lighting. He writes about many other topics related to Hawaii and lava carving through his extensive travels around the world.

If you have found this posting online, it is an excerpt from Mr. Szoradi’s book Learn from Looking that served as the inspiring seed content for this drawing share resource. For additional drawings and insights on lava carving and carving in other materials, we hope that you enjoy exploring You can search via general terms such as sustainability as well as narrower terms such as Hawaii and lava carving.