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Tōia Mai, Hamilton’s new, interactive, public art sculpture was revealed today at the Ferrybank reserve overlooking the Waikato River.
Artist and Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) academic, Joe Citizen envisaged the sculpture for his PhD project, as it encompassed many of the disciplines and values related to his research.
It has been an intense yet exciting two years for Citizen who has worked with staff and students across Wintec, and a number of community and industry partners to complete the project.
“Tōia mai means to work together and this project is “for the people, by the people”, the result of many hands and minds coming together.”
The sculpture tells the Matariki story through an Internet of Things network using data and environmental sensors, and is activated by movement.
“While the sculpture has been gifted to the people of Hamilton, Wintec students will continue to learn from and develop the interactive components, and as technology changes, so too, will Tōia Mai,” says Citizen.
“We are now completing the final testing and I can’t wait to stand before it and see it come to life.”
Wintec director Māori Hera White says the site of the sculpture on the banks of the Waikato River is of particular historical significance as a waka (canoe) landing site.
“We are grateful to Hamilton City Council for the beautiful Ferrybank site, a former wāhi taunga waka or waka landing site for Māori, and the river access to the historic Ngāti Wairere pā and gardens nearby.”
Tōia Mai was gifted by Wintec and Joe Citizen to the people of Hamilton and the wider region this afternoon.

Item Type: Media arts item
Additional Information: Individual contribution
Uncontrolled Keywords: sculpture; waka, interactive, Wintec, Joe Citizen, Longveld, Maori, education, kaupapa, multi-disciplinary, collaborative
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Joe Citizen
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2018 04:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 08:03

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