Mata Aho Collective: Tīkawe

From 15 September 2022

An ambitious installation that soars across the architecture of the Gallery.

Multiple braided strands of harakeke descend from the skylights, zinging across the foyer ceiling. These kawe are a celebration of the strength and significance of harakeke. Kawe were often used to carry heavy loads from one place to another; here Mata Aho reimagine this customary technology through the use of trusty tie-downs.

Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Purchased by the W. A. Sutton Trust.