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WAITUHI: Puawānanga – Stars of the forest

  • Jervois Quay overbridge & Wellington Railway Station Bunny Street Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)
A detail from  Puawānanga – Stars of the forest

A detail from Puawānanga – Stars of the forest

Waituhi is an annual public art project timed to coincide with Matariki. The aim of Waituhi is to take the festivities and theme of Matariki to a wider audience beyond the traditional arts spaces of the galleries, museums and theatres, to enliven and activate public space with new artwork that acknowledges the importance of Maori culture and heritage in the city.

This year WAITUHI takes the form of two distinct public art projects, Puawānanga – Stars of the forest by Angela Kilford and Aliyah Winter is one of them.

During Matariki the stars, specifically the rising of Puanga mark the beginning of the New Year. In whakapapa and in Māori cosmology, puawānanga (Clematis paniculata) is the daughter of Puanga and Rehua and is a harbinger of spring indicating the time for harvesting tuna (eels). Kilford and Winter have designed a series of billboard banner artworks that depict puawānanga in the celestial realm to acknowledge and celebrate the close connection between all things through whakapapa. 

Puawānanga – Stars of the forest will be installed on the overbridge at Jervois Quay and on billboards at the Railway Station.

WAITUHI Matariki public art project