This temporary wall painting, a part of Tidelines, aims
to awaken an old, grey and unloved part of the Wynyard Quarter
before its planned rejuvenation as part of the ongoing developments
in the precinct.
The text - MY HEART IS AN ANCHOR, THEN LEAVE IT
BEHIND - references a piece of dialogue from Angels in America: A
Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a play by American author Tony
Kushner. These words fold into the painting themes of communication
across the water, of travel and of lovers. The fractured but
coupled phrasing allows a gap into which individual interpretation
and imagination can step.
On a background of diagonal marks the painted words
will appear to float and travel over the surface of the wall. The
background colours will come from a sampling of the surrounding
area. These colours will be both surprising and harmonious because
they are just a reflection of what is around.
The anchor at the centre of the work pays homage to
the history of the Auckland waterfront as a port destination. Back
before Wynyard Quarter was reclaimed from the sea a fleet of ships
could often be seen moored offshore acting like beacons that
signalled a connection with faraway places. They would have moved
people, goods, ideas and love letters from the rest of the country
and around the world to Auckland.
Above the wall, in what could possibly be the
tallest flagpole in Auckland, I will raise a flag displaying the
hopeful and longing words SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY. This further
extension and triangulation of phrases rewards those searching for
more and those who curiously glance up. With its addition a fuller
narrative can begin to be strung together:
'I can't go on for my heart is an anchor.'
'If you can't take it with you then leave it
'But where will we go?'
'Somewhere far away.'
With this work I want to reintroduce the romance of
the waterfront to the people of Auckland. From old archival images
early settler life appears hard but adventurous, dirty but exciting
and the technology of the time as amazing to witness as the
technological changes we are currently experiencing.
As we enter a new phase of change down at the
water's edge, it is important to look back if only for a moment,
just to see how far we have come.
This work will be presented on Beaumont
Street from Saturday the 25th October 2014
Just a little detail
55 MONTHS AGO
My heart to yours.
55 MONTHS AGO
Well, there it is and I can't thank everyone enough for your support. Not only the generous people who sent some funds my way but all the support of Boosted and Waterfront Auckland as well as the Arts Foundation. It was a pretty special feeling to have all those people in my court cheering me on.
And I have to thank the anonymous wandering passers-by who clapped and shouted encouragements along the way while I was up the ladder. After this I’ve decided that I quite like the people in our little city.
Again, thank you all. Plenty more to come.
The flag is flying
55 MONTHS AGO
Somewhere Far Away