Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Kaitiaki II by Fred Graham


Nevermind the electric bicycle to the right of this photo, what caught my eye was this large sculpture on the outside of the BNZ Bank in Queen Street, Auckland City.

Named Kaitiaki II (meaning food and protection) by Fred Graham it symbolizes the original foreshore and former waka (canoe) landing area before this place was reclaimed. It sits on the same site as where the Ngati Paoa Iwi kept their canoes.

I think it's quite a clever piece and I like the way it prompts me to research the Maori history of NZ.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday and My Corner of the World.

13 comments:

Fun60 said...

It's an impressive sculpture. Your research and consequent information makes all the difference when it comes to understanding the thinking behind the sculpture.

Photo Cache said...

Beautiful sculpture.

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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Interesting piece - I really don't know any of the history of New Zealand.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love sculpture in public places. That one is impressive.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely!

CeeCee said...

It looks impressive, beautiful

William Kendall said...

I like it.

betty-NZ said...

Very creative piece of art.

I'm happy to see your link on 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for linking up!


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PerthDailyPhoto said...

It is indeed an impressive piece of sculpture with much meaning Amy..

Sharon said...

It's one of those sculptures that looks so simple but is really quite complex.

Graham Edwards said...

Thought provoking and rather beautiful, I thought.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It is a beautiful sculpture. I read a little bit about the Maori. Apparently their resisted their lands being taken away quite fervently, kind of like the Native Americans.

NatureFootstep said...

both of them looks cool :)
Re the steem at the footbath, I think the temperature is a bit lower then Rotorua. Mainly because I think Rotorua comes from a deeper source.

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