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Precious Cargo


Tue 4 Mar 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 5 Mar 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 6 Mar 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 7 Mar 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 8 Mar 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Objectspace, 13 Rose Road Ponsonby, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Precious Cargo is the first exhibition for 2014 at Objectspace. Created by Tim Wigmore, this stunningly beautiful project stems from research into the historical uses and physical characteristics of our native trees and plants as well as exploration of Maori myth and legend.

Wigmore approached six renowned New Zealand makers and asked them identify a tool emblematic of their practice. “I wanted to collaborate with other artists and find out which tools were precious to them, which tool was worthy of its own special case.” The Precious Cargo collaborators are: carver, Lyonel Grant; weaver, Veranoa Hetet; wood turner, Graeme Priddle; potter, Chris Weaver; musician & carver, Brian Flintoff and jeweller, Nga Waiata.

Wigmore then designed and made a cabinet for each of these six tools, predominantly constructed from the same plant material as the tool. Each cabinet, in its design and finish, explores unique aspects of the history, properties and stories of its particular material. As an artist and furniture designer, Tim Wigmore was drawn to the waka huia form. “I see it as an uniquely New Zealand perspective on the idea of jewellery or treasure or even tool boxes. They both conceal and reveal—an idea which is also inherent in furniture design.”

This exhibition is hands-on! Visitors will be able to touch and open the cabinets to view the treasures inside.

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