1 week ago
Number 45 in the collection is the winner of the 2008 New Zealand Mural festival. The theme for the festival was ‘Journeys’. Peter has captured the theme with an image of the ‘Lady Jocelyn’ sailing ship departing the port in Belfast, Ireland on it’s voyage to New Zealand. This is what would become the pioneers of Katikati, longest journey.
Peter has painted a number of other murals around Katikati, his first one was also a sailing ship Mary queen which brought the Macmillan family to New Zealand.
Artist, Peter Nicholson, enjoys painting landscapes, historical and maritime scenes, the latter the outcome of his love of the sea, ships and boats of every kind. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
The Tile Wall is number 44 in the collection and began as a Mural Festival project in 2008 with both children and adults painting the colourful tiles which now transform the block wall beside Katikati’s Memorial Hall. Each person designed and signed their own tile and these were then baked. The first 360 tiles were attached to the wall in April 2009.
Unfortunately this wall is looking a bit worse for wear so we are trying to work out what to do with it next. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Number 43 in our outdoor collection is the Birdwalk.
This is an ongoing sculpture project dedicated to outstanding Katikati bird photographer, native wildlife enthusiast and conservationist, Brian Chudleigh, who died in 2007.
Katikati Open-Air Art has created the Bird Walk, which follows the Uretara Stream along the Yeoman Walkway, starting with four bird sculptures. The plan is to add more sculptures in a variety of styles and materials and by different sculptors as funding permits.
The first sculptures in place for the dedication on April 26, 2009 were:
Moa: Sam Dunlop, Katikati
Pied Shag: Marcel Zwezerijnen, Taupo
Oystercatchers: Trevor Askin, Timaru
Bittern: Sam Dunlop, Katikati
The aim of the Bird Walk is to attract both locals and visitors to this tranquil area of river, saltmarsh and estuary, lying close to the heart of Katikati.
We hope this will raise awareness of the birds to be seen there and the need to protect those that are rare or endangered. Hopefully adjacent wetlands will soon be developed, attracting many more birds and adding interest to the walk.
Brian Chudleigh left this advice for us all:
Teach your children and grandchildren the value of our wildlife and teach them to tread lightly on the world. In New Zealand there are birds that are not found anywhere else in the world. Let’s help them survive.
Brian’s widow, Cushla, unveiled the main sign on opening day. The sculptured surround was designed by Steve Graveson of Open-Air Art and the art work for the sign was created by the late Roy Cunliffe of Katikati, well know mural and landscape artist.
Thanks go to Environment Bay of Plenty for assisting with signage through its Environmental Enhancement Fund and to the Western Bay of Plenty District Council for allowing Open-Air Art to use its reserve. Also to the New Zealand Bromeliad Society which donated the sculpture of the pied shag and to Katikati Lions and others for help with installation. ... See MoreSee Less