January 26, 2017
Neon lights up island heritage
Crosses, Polynesian dance forms and haka come together in Bob Jahnke’s new neon sculpture.
The 2.4 metre Kaokao is the Ngati Porou artist’s contribution to of this year’s Sculpture on the Gulf festival on Waiheke Island.
He says layers of meaning can be read into the work, including references to the physical and historical landscape it sits on.
"There's a subterranean kumara pit on one of the headlands of Whetu Matarau so what I've done is set up the sculpture so when you look through the diamond you see the headland and it's a signal to people we need to respect the heritage sites of the local iwi and also respect their wahi tapu, not that anyone will get it except for me," Professor Jahnke says.
When the neon is lit up at night, the work should be a spectacular sight for people coming in to Waiheke on the ferries.
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