Para Matchitt

Homage to Eiffel

Homage to Eiffel by Para Matchitt

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Para Matchitt studied carving under the tutelage of the renowned Pine Taiapa and has become one of the most successful contemporary Māori artists. His art calls upon all aspects of his heritage and transforms it into a powerful and symbolic vision.

Like the very finest Māori sculptors of the past, Matchitt has a personal style that is uniquely his own. His sculpture is strongly architectural and has the sense of everyday engineering. Matchitt frequently employs the haate, a heart-shaped Ringatu symbol derived from Māori Christianity, as a potent means of expressing love's positive contribution to society. In fact, the heart has been a major emblem throughout his career.

The title celebrates one of the engineering triumphs of the 19th century, an iron tower built for the International Exposition of Paris in 1889, commemorating the centenary of the French revolution. Since then, the Eiffel tower has become a symbol of love, romance and intellectual engineering French-style.

By using a tower that looks very like a power pylon from the national electrical grid, Matchitt utilises a physical image of the tall tower in the landscape, which is known to all New Zealanders who have travelled along State Highway One. (Sea Knowing and Island Looking, 2002)

Title
Homage to Eiffel
Artist/creator
Production date
1994
Medium
spray paint and wire
Dimensions
2100 x 1200 x 495 mm
Inscription
Para Matchitt
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2002
Accession no
2002/2/1.1-2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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