Exhibition a must see
An upcoming installation at Pataka will act as a vessel of hope and a warning for the future.
George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean 2116 is part of the New Zealand Festival and will be on show in Porirua from February 21 till May 15.
The exhibition features a double-hulled waka made of disposable drink bottles.
It will be displayed as if it is floating and will be surrounded by imagined creatures of the deep made from recycled plastic. Nuku is a well-regarded Maori artist. His works range from delicate jade and pearl amulets to stone sculptures of life size Polynesian demi-gods and Maori cultural heroes.
The Auckland artist has been exhibiting his work since the 1980s.
His work has been showcased around the world, with several installations in England and Canada.
Bottled Ocean 2116 is one of Pataka’s major exhibitions this year, and will be one not to miss.
Nuku has been working with weavers from Te Wananga o Aotearoa to create the undersea creatures that will form part of his installation.