THE WATER FROM ABOVE AND BELOW – POI AND HANA

Title:

Nga wai ki uta, Nga wai ki tai / The Waters From Above and Below

Artists: 

Poi Ngawati and Hana Maihi

Location:                             

P2 undercover carpark off Totara Avenue, near the entrance to the food court

The Work at LynnMall:

This artwork addresses the connection between two salt water bodies (Waitematā and Manukau) by that of a fresh water river (Whau). The Whau river symbolises the link between the many different cultures that make up the wider Whau community. These cultures are represented in the mural through the geometric shapes that form to make a Taniwha, this in turn assigning the people of the Whau as stewards of the land, sky and sea. The presence of the native fresh water fish (kokopu) serves as a symbol of life and wellbeing, of the river itself and the broader ecology. The Whau is also recognised here as a historic Awa, giving life to many people in the past. The mural honours these people, the kaitiaki of the past while simultaneously recognising the people of the present.

The Artists: 

Poi Ngawati is a graphic designer, graffiti artist &  illustrator

 

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