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Dion Hitchens

Te Ohomauri o Matariki
2010
85 feet accross x 40 feet high
Mixed Media

Public Sculpture on a roundabout. Te Ohomauri O Matariki acts as a map allowing the viewer to access some of the local Iwi (tribal) history. I collaborated with artist James F Ormsby, a local Maori artist. His role was to design the symbols which are cut out of the corten steel on the upright waka (canoe) forms. The stories are on a board at the site to give the audience access to the information. The work is also used by the Maori education department of the Waikato Museum helping all the children in the area to have a greater sense of the local history. Migrating tuna (eel) are hanging in the middle of the upright waka (canoe) forms. They reference the area, the place name and the past activities which was the harvesting of tuna for food. Tuna themselves are interesting as they go all the way back to Tonga to breed and then return to the waterways here in New Zealand. The upright waka forms are used to symbolise a peaceful time.