Talk: Behind the scenes of Finale: Bouquet

We’re pulling back Finale: Bouquet’s fluttering curtain to reveal how artworks like these are planned, installed, and cared for by Te Papa’s skilful staff.

  • When | Āhea Sat 30 Nov 2019, 2.00pm–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Toi Art, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Come along to Toi Art to learn about the immense feat of putting together and looking after an artwork like Nike Savvas’s Finale: Bouquet.

Find out answers to questions like: How will we store this artwork? How did we arrange 6,000 strands to look perfectly random? And what happens when the strands get tangled?

You’ll learn more about what it’s like to work in the museum. Meet some of the Te Papa staff who work behind the scenes and chat to them about what they do.


Vioula Said, a spatial designer at Te Papa. She’ll talk about designing exhibitions and the meticulous process of planning how the artwork’s 6000 strands would be arranged.

Sam Wallis, who led the team of installers to realise this artwork. Sam will give us a glimpse of the lengths they went to in achieving this feat of endurance and precision.

Nirmala Balram, who looks after artworks as a conservator at Te Papa – a job that blends art and science. She’ll introduce us to some of the special challenges involved in conserving plastics.

A man stands on a scissor lift hanging strands of coloured plastic from the ceiling while a woman below holds the strand so it doesn't get tangled


Te Papa staff installing Finale: Bouquet by Nike Savvas, 2019. Photo by Maarten Holl. Te Papa (141484)