April 22, 2013
Boulder sculpture to warn of climate danger
Bay of Islands hapū Ngāti Rehia is trying to raise the $100,000 needed to create a 20 tonne sculpture highlighting the dangers of climate change.
Trustee Norah Rameka says the $7.5 million realignment of State Highway 10 through Bulls Gorge, just south of Kerikeri, has created an opportunity to make an entranceway for the town.
Internationally-renowned local sculptor Chris Booth and Tom Heihei of Te Tii have come up with a plan for work consisting of 55 boulders suspended by steel cables from a 10 metre high pole.
On top of the pole will be a cast sculpture by Mr Heihei of three bird heads.
Mr Booth says it was inspired by nearby Mount Pōkākā which had been used by Ngāti Rehia to signal danger.
The sculpture, called Te Hā ō Te Ao (The Breath of the World), was designed to act as a barometer showing how well people were doing on climate change.
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