May 10 - 16, 2015: Issue 213
HOTERE GARDEN OPUTAE
Outlook from Observation Point.
HOTERE GARDEN OPUTAE
By George Repin
Ralph Hotere (1931–2013) was a New Zealand artist of Maori descent born in Mitimiti, Northland. He is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most important artists. His work is represented in every major public and private collection in his country as well as in art museums in other parts of the world.
As a painter, sculptor and collaborative artist Hotere reacted to social and environmental issues through his work.
While not well known in Australia some Australians may remember seeing, when arriving at Auckland International Airport, the mural the Airport commissioned Hotere in 1977 to create in response to the theme of long-distance air travel and arrival. It was the longest public painting produced in New Zealand, being 18 metres long. Originally titled The Flight of the Godwit it welcomed travellers arriving at the airport. When the terminal building was redeveloped in 1996 the mural was purchased by the Chartwell Trust and placed, with the cooperation of Hotere, at the Auckland Art Gallery. The artist then renamed it Godwit/Kuaka.
“While the mural honours and recalls the flight undertaken by the migratory eastern bar-tailed Godwit it sets up a metaphor in which the bird’s annual return represents our own travels and homecomings.” From OUTPOST – blogs from staff and friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki
In 1961 Hotere gained a New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship studying in England, France and other parts of Europe returning to New Zealand in 1965. He finally settled in Dunedin in 1969 when he became the University of Otago’s Frances Hodgkins Fellow.
At one stage he went through a period when black was a major element in his work.
Hotere had a studio on land at the tip of Observation Point the large bluff overlooking the Port Chalmers container terminal. Port Chalmers is the port for the city of Dunedin. When the port’s container terminal and facilities were enlarged in 1995 part of the bluff was removed, including the area where the artist’s studio was located. Sculptures by noted New Zealand modern sculptors, which had been displayed in the studio, had to be removed and stored.
In 2005 the Hotere Foundation Trust with the assistance of Port Otago Ltd developed the Hotere Garden Oputae on the bluff and returned some of the sculptures to their previous home at Observation Point fulfilling the wishes of Ralph Hotere. Photographs, with titles, of some of these sculptures accompany this article.
In 1994 Ralph Hotere was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Otago and in 2003 received an Icon Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
In the New Year Honours 2012 Hotere was appointed to the Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand.
Pictures by George Repin in January, 2012
Observation Point - Port Chalmers
BRICK COLUMN 1991 (Reconstructed 2006)
Artist: Russell Moses (b.1948) Palmerston North
THEY DO CUT DOWN THE POLES THAT HOLD UP THE SKY 1989
Artist: Shona Rapira Davies (b.1951) Ngati Wai
ARAMOANA 1982 (Reconstructed 2006)
Artist: Chris Booth (b.1948) Kerikeri
BLACK PHOENIX II 1991
Artist: Ralph Hotere (b.1931) Te Aupouri
Made from the fishing boat "Poitrel" built by Miller & Tunnage and subsequently destroyed in their 1984 fire
Previous Reflections by George Repin
The Nineteen Thirties Remembering Rowe Street The Sydney Push Saturday Night at the Movies Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram A Stop On The Road To Canberra City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s Hill End The Paragon at Katoomba Seafood In Sydney How Far From Sydney? Cockatoo Island Over The Years The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991 Busby's Bore The Trocadero In Sydney Cahill's restaurants Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection Gloucester and the Barrington Tops A Millenium Apart Have You Stopped to Look? Gulgong Il Porcellino Olympia Durham Hall Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia Hotels at Bondi Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone The Goroka Show - 1958 A Gem On The Quay Staffa The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls The Coal Mine At Balmain The Hyde Park Barracks The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant Waldheim Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955 King Island Kelp The Mercury Theatre Around Angkor - 1963 Angkor Wat 1963 Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli Chairman Mao's Personal Physician The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross The Oceaographic Museum in Monaco The Island of Elba Russian Fairy Tale Plates Meteora Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska Cloisonné Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories Not A Chagall! Did You Listen? Did You Ask? Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand Borobudur Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells Murano University of Padua Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi Pula The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park Aphrodisias The Divine Comedy Caodaism Sapa and local Hill People A Few Children Cappadocia Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997
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