This piece was inspired by an idea expressed in Taoist tai chi that a practitioner must "tame the tigers heart". To me this means a loving and compassionate calming of the wild spirit within. Guan Yin, the goddess of compassion sits e side-saddle upon a tiger. After taming his ferocious nature, he is calmed like a house cat.
It is said that Guan Yin can hear the tears of the world. Silver tears drop behind her and form a glistening heart of Swarvoski crystals. It is her love and compassion that makes her such a revered deity.
The pair rise up into the sky on three heart shaped balloons that not only defy gravity but are not pierced by the weighty claws of the tiger. This further emphasizes the lightness of being created by taming one’s tiger.