September 27, 2016
Seed sown for Hundertwasser centre
Work is well underway on the first stage of Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Maori Art Gallery … a koru-shaped sculpture known as Te Kakano or the seed.
The stand-alone sculpture was a pre-requirement of the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna so builders and artists could come to grips with building in Friedensreich Hundertwassers unique style.
Tiler Bruce Hancock says making the surface mosaic meant unlearning everything he knew about tiling to meet the artist's no straight lines idea.
Te Kakano will be opened by Whangarei MP Shane Reti on October 21.
Prosper Northland Trust has so far raised $11 million of the $16 million needed to convert the former harbour board building into a museum, with construction set to start in mid 2017.
Another condition of the artist's estate was that a space be dedicated to Maori contemporary art.
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