Fantastic art works and where to find them:
Level 2 | Wellington Foyer
Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere, VOID, 2006. Commissioned by the Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa, 2006 (2006-0032-1)
Stand in the centre of the circle of neon light. Look up at the circle on the ceiling. You’re inside an art work! VOID places art at the core of Te Papa.
Level 2 | Mountains to Sea
Brett Graham, Te Parata, 1998. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND licence (1998-0026-1)
There’s a whirlpool somewhere in Mountains to Sea. Clue: look up – and take a few steps back to see the whole art work. Brett Graham’s massive sculpture is as powerful as a force of nature.
Level 3 | Blood Earth Fire | Whāngai Whenua Ahi Kā
Charles Blomfield, Among the Kauris, Waitakeres, 1884. Purchased 1944 (1944-0002-1)
“I have never ceased to be thankful for two things. One is that I was born with an intense interest for the beautiful in Nature, and the other that I came to New Zealand before the hand of man had spoiled most of its natural beauty.” – Charles Blomfield
Level 4 | Mana Whenua
Robyn Kahukiwa, Ko Hineteiwaiwa, Ko Hinekorako, Ko Rona Whakamau Tai, 1993. Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds (1995-0016-1)
This painting of a modern woman cradled by her ancestor shows the past as a living force in the world today. She is also surrounded by her ancestors’ taonga (treasures). What taonga like these can you see near this painting?
Level 4 | Tangata o le Moana
Michel Tuffery, Pisupo lua afe (Corned Beef 2000), 1994. Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds (FE010516) Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Michel Tuffery
Cans of corned beef are made in cattle-rearing countries like New Zealand. But the tinned meat is a vital part of Pacific life. This bull made of the cans stands staunchly in both worlds.
Mark Adams, Henderson, West Auckland. Su‘a Pasina Sefo, Tufuga Tatatau. Uli, Au, 1982. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds (B.026383)
How many men are in this photo, helping Samoan New Zealander Uli get a pe‘a, or traditional thigh tattoo? Palagi (European) photographer Mark Adams moves in so close, it’s hard to tell. He’s become part of the ritual too.
Tepaeru Tereora, tīvaevae (quilt), 1980. Purchased 2002 (FE011717/1)
This elaborate tīvaevae tataura, or hand-embroidered appliqué quilt, was made in Wellington, but it radiates the vivid colours of the Cook Islands. Can you see the gold veins on the leaves?
You’ve completed the art trail!
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