Michael Parekōwhai

The Story of a New Zealand River

The Story of a New Zealand River by Michael Parekōwhai

Artwork Detail

Parekōwhai has contemporised and ornamented a concert grand piano, which for some is an archetypal European taonga or treasure. Adorning the piano are carved roses and arum lilies which carry the weight of celebration, yearning and loss. The lilies are tribute to an unbeatable performance, and unrecoverable music. (Chic Colonials: Ataahua, 2003)

The Story of a New Zealand River
Production date
paua, capiz, lacquer and wood on a concert grand piano
1015 x 1580 x 2725 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from the Thanksgiving Foundation, 2001
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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