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Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans

31 Mar 2016

 

The Pangeaseed Sea Walls festival aim is to protect the world's oceans via public art & activism (#artivism).  We had the honour of being involved in the first event of its kind in Aotearoa held in the usually sunny yet oddly wet Ahuriri (Napier) from 15th - 20th March.

 

A combination of amazing local & international artists, we were all given different environmental issues relating to the ocean & the purpose of each mural was to bring awareness in some shape or form to its plight. They probably had already guessed that we wanted to work on a topic that included ocean birds & from there we conceptualised a bright & bold statement that is situated at the Napier Port.

 

The mural has 2 key components, the first is the threatened Bar-tailed Godwit, a shore bird that feeds in the Estuary at Ahuriri.  It travels with focus, strength & determination during its 11,000km flight from Alaska to Aotearoa making it the longest bird migration flight in the world.

 

Chief Tu Ahuriri (Ngai Tara) cut a channel into the lagoon space at Ahuriri because the Westshore entrance had become blocked, threatening cultivations surrounding the Whanga & the fishing villages on the islands & in the lagoon.  The rivers were continually feeding freshwater into the area.  He created change through his courage & understanding of the greater good of his people, we too wanted to follow that kaupapa by wanting to use our talent to bring awareness to environmental issues & to follow his lead in creating a better world.

 

'He aha te mea nui o the ao?' - What is the most important thing in the world?

'He tangata, he tangata, he tangata' - It is the people, it is the people, it is the people!


It is us as humans who will create a better world, working together to bring change that will ensure the generations to come will enjoy & experience the beauty of the planet & wildlife given to us.

 

Title:  Tautoko

Bird:  Bar-tailed Godwit

Patterns:  Roimata (long rectangles) symbolising the pain/hurt of the effects of pollution.  Pātiki - diamond around the bird making it a kaitiaki (guardian) over the ocean.

Colours:  Rainbow of colour representing our multi-cultural nation, the black moving to white symbolising the journey from hurt/pain into answers/freedom.

 

A huge thank you to @Pangeaseed @aaii_nz @seawalls_ for your support, aroha towards us & for the great work you are doing around the globe xoxo

 

 

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