Tukutuku Panels for Te Ara o Tāwhaki
EIT, Hawkes Bay
Opened February 12, 2020
After 25 years since he was built, the interior of Te Ara o Tāwhaki (the Wharenui at EIT) has been adorned with whakairo, kowhaiwhai, and tukutuku with the blessing at 4.00 am this morning. Here at last, are some pics of the interior, with a few of the amazing wāhine and tāne whose hands contributed to the Tukutuku panels. Thousands of laser cut pieces of plywood were cleaned, sanded and assembled by the EIT whanau to cover over 60 sqm of wall. Designing and facilitating this mahi tukutuku has humbled me as an artist ... no panel could have been completed by one person alone... it took a community to create them. And to my helpers Tim Whaitiri Henderson and Pareputiputi Nuku we are all indebted, and to every hand that helped - stand proud of your mahi.
Shout out to Te Rangi Robin (lead carver), Emanuel Dunn, Charles Paringitai, Cody Hollis and the Awa ink crew - an honour to work alongside you, and see the three artforms come together so seamlessly. ❤️