COMMISSONS - TE HONONGA HUNDERTWASSER
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PAT GEORGE RECENTLY FINISHED WORKING ON THE MOSAIC ELEMENTS OF THE TE HONONGA- HUNDERTWASSER PARK CENTRE 2020 PROJECT
TE HONONGA - Hundertwasser Park Centre
The Te Hononga Kawakawa Community Centre can be found in the heart of Kawakawa, a small town in the Bay of Islands area of the Northland Region of New Zealand.
The Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust was inspired by their friendship with Friedensreich Hundertwasser to create this wonderful project. It is located behind the world-famous Hundertwasser Toilets (opened in 1999)
Te Hononga is a community-led project and that fuses environmental build and design with natural materials, Toi Māori art, culture and shared community spaces.
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Pat George joined the team of artists working on the project in 2019. By the start of the NZ lockdown in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Pat was set to start the mosaic panels.
With the help of Steve her husband she spent the months in lockdown working in their studio creating numerous mosaic panels for the project.
The moment NZ was back to work, Pat started to work side by side with the tilers to create the bathrooms/toilets. By September 2020 the final touches and mosaic work on the Hundertwasser inspired pillars was being done, just in time for PM Jacinda Ardern to open the project to the public.
PM Jacinda Ardern at opening ceremony
Project Committee Member Noma Shepherd and PM Jacinda Ardern
Northland Advocate - Lead Mosaic artist Pat George
Creative Northland Te Hemo Ata Henare, Pat George, Lorraine King, Tash Nikora, Laurell Pratt, Te War
Pat George with completed entrance pillars
Mosaic Sun Burst Bathroom Floor
Pat George on site during construction
Bathroom in Progress
Huia Mosaic in Bathroom
Pat George working on pillars
Te Hononga, the community hub’s design pays homage to the relationship forged between Fredrick Hundertwasser and local Māori.
TE HONONGA- HUNDERTWASSER PARK CENTRE 2020 PROJECT
"Te Hononga, which can be translated as ''the joining together of people'', will include a public library, a council service centre, public toilets and showers, a gallery, an interpretative centre detailing Hundertwasser's connection to Kawakawa."
Link to full Northland Advocate Article: PM to open Kawakawa's Te Hononga Community Hub
"The project, Te Hononga, has evolved considerably since then, and been through plenty of ups and downs, but gained fresh impetus three years ago with the appointment of a project facilitator and support from the Northland Regional Council."
Link to full Northland Age Article: Kawakawa's dream will soon be a reality
Te Hononga Creative Team and Artists 2019/ 2020 - photo by Sue Shepherd
"Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern says the late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser would be proud of a new community hub in Kawakawa set up in his name.."
Link to full Northland Advocate Article: Jacinda Ardern opens Kawakawa's Te Hononga Community hub to huge crowds
"Enter Te Hononga Hundertwasser Memorial Park, a new, state-of-the-art facility that provides freedom campers with everything they need to do it right – and a great reason to visit the charming, quirky town of Kawakawa."
Link to full Stuff.co.nz Travel Article: Te Hononga: Kawakawa's new Hundertwasser-inspired hub is a freedom camper's dream.