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Anton Forde: Papare

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  • Free Admission


  • Sun 21 Jul 2024, 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Mon 22 Jul 2024, 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Tue 23 Jul 2024, 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Wed 24 Jul 2024, 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Thu 25 Jul 2024, 10:00am–5:00pm

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Collective action, sustainable systems and the protection of our natural environments are at the heart of Anton Forde’s newest installation.

81 carved, wooden pou appear as sentinels in the gallery. Each pou – distinguished from each other by only the slightest difference in head shape, inclination, and hand-carved Pounamu taonga – are placed in a kao kao (chevron)-inspired formation. The specific motifs, carved forms and numerology in Papare are drawn from a connection to taiao and natural systems that have sustained humanity.

Configuring the pou as guards, Forde places natural environments under their protection. As individuals – both visitor and pou – gather together, Papare enacts a call to kotahitanga; to collective action that safeguards the future of our natural world for generations to come.

Image: Anton Forde leaning on pou. Photo: Peter Rees

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