I drove past my sculpture today and it has been standing their since 2000. It needs a new make over like some colour. When we installed it and the cranes stood each piece up to put into place, it looked so majestic and was quite a very special feeling.
On facebook today I saw an image of Rongo Wetere and his daughter Susan. It made me reflect back to when Rongo first drove past my sculpture…. it actually made him stop and pull over to have a closer look and see who the artist was. He tracked me down and commissioned me to make the 13 metre tall Uenuku into the New Millenium sculpture which stands at the entrance of the Porirua campus Te Wananga O Aotearoa.
Next thing I was the Head of the Buck Nin School of Fine Arts and was commissioned to make an 18 meter Kaitiaki sculpture in the Manukau Campus atrium.
This man is a visionary man who sees the future and the bigger picture of great things to happen. He reminded me of a tsunami that would sweep through and you had to catch up. I am ever so grateful for him because he was a major support for my doctorate studies.
Publishing my 2 books My Journey and Kaitiaki/Mentors and a great leader for all the students that transformed through education. Then the Govermment stepped in and pulled the carpet from under his feet. He used to say to me that I reminded him of Buck Nin, who was my art tutor at Church College and a close friend of Rongo.
Kia ora Tumuaki Dr Rongo Wetere.
Title: Manukau Millennium Sculpture
Medium: Dyes, oil pastels on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 20 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313