Discover an enchanting installation of light sculptures illuminating one of our very favourite places into a vibrant living landscape.
Te Tairāwhiti, the place where the sun first shines, where our people are first to be energised by its’ rays and where the light dances and shimmers across the horizon, awakening our creativity within.
Te Ara I Whiti explores a journey of legacy, illuminated through contemporary art. This multi-media collaborative installation makes reference to our spiritual and ancestral connection to the environment - the whenua, the awa, the moana – with the movement of light and shadow narrating concepts of the passing on of our traditional knowledge, histories and legacy, from one generation to the next.
Each artist provides their interpretation of legacy through their work.
TAI KEREKERE (Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whānau ā Kai, Ngāpuhi, Ngai Tai, Ngāi Tahu), blends modern material with concepts of ancient knowledge to highlight notions of identity, through his contemporary pou installation. He uses line and form to interpret lineage, depicting ancestral pou, with the use of light to irradiate the essence, the mauri, the life force of our ancestors.
SIMON LARDELLI (Ngāti Konohi, Rongowhakaata, Taranaki), through his iconic figurative imagery, explores the use of negative and positive spaces to depict the pou tokomanawa, the centre ridge post of the wharenui. It is brought to life through the lighting of colour that pulsates through the design reflecting and connecting ancestral ties to the landscape.
Fusing traditional art and design concepts and foundations with modern design symbolism, KAATERINA KEREKERE’s (Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu) projection aims to illuminate the ‘interpretation of knowledge and the creative process’, the ‘conditioning of the mind to learn, to retain, to express, to create’. The use of reoccurring layers, line work and geometric imagery looks to navigate the viewer through themes of whakapapa and mātauranga tāwhito.
So, rug up and brave the cool spring evenings. Wonder at the surrounding areas that are given life through art, through light, creating a living landscape, a living pathway, a pathway of light.