External Artwork for Waitohi
Local artist, Matthew McIntyre Wilson has been commissioned by Wellington City Council to create permanent public artwork outside the main entrance to the new Waitohi - Johnsonville Community Hub. This artwork will welcome visitors to Waitohi by reflecting the significant Māori heritage of the area and will incorporate sculptural elements into vertical timber posts described as ‘fins’ along the front of the building.
Matthew’s proposal to the council’s public arts panel earlier this year, articulated the connectedness with Mana Whenua and the sample designs submitted were exemplary and well-suited to the format and scale of the art work required. Matthew has since worked closely with the designers of the building, Athfield Architects, to make sure the artwork integrates well with the fabulous architecture. The artwork is due to be installed in September.
Born in Hawkes Bay, Matthew McIntyre Wilson (Taranaki Iwi) is a weaver and contemporary jeweler who is inspired by customary Taonga Māori objects. Matthew has developed a practice over the years that highlight many unknown Māori artists and their work, hidden away in museum store rooms. His designs are best known for the intricate weaving of copper, silver and gold kete. You can find Matthew's work in a number of public collections around New Zealand including, Bowen Gallery in Wellington and Fingers Gallery in Auckland.