Tau Ruru: Te Ruru Light Festival: Lake Rotoroa pop-up 2020

McConnell, Luke and Long, Jason (2020) Tau Ruru: Te Ruru Light Festival: Lake Rotoroa pop-up 2020. Te Ruru Light Festival 2020: Lake Rotoroa Pop-up, Lake Rotoroa, Hamilton Lake Domain, New Zealand.

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Artist Statement: "2020 has been a turbulent year for many. This watchful guardian stands for hope as it calls into the darkness signalling good times ahead. Recycled milk bottles collected during the COVID-19 lockdown were used to construct the ruru and moths." The project was an exploration of how light installations could be developed during a national lock-down. The project explored the use of milk bottles as a sculptural material as, at the time, curbside recycling was not in operation. The work also explored te ao Māori themes of safety and warnings associated with the different calls of ruru (morepork owl). The name of the work alludes to a whakataukī (Māori proverb) that speaks of preserving in hard time. "E rua tau ruru; e rua tau wehe; e rua tau mutu; e rua tau kai." These words seem relevant during the uncertainty of this global pandemic."

Item Type:Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Keywords that describe the item:light sculpture, installation, Te Ruru Light Festival, morepork, owl, ruru.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:7729
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Deposited On:06 May 2021 06:04
Last Modified:06 May 2021 06:05

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