Auckland War Memorial Museum Te Ao Mārama

Auckland War Memorial Museum Te Ao Mārama, Auckland

This is a project of slow respectful and patience transformation to reveal, distill, deepen, enhance and connect. A project to support the decolonisation of the Museum through a carefully considered series of new insertions that significantly adjust the cultural and spacial hierarchy of the Museum

The bowl became Tanoa, its sense of suspension and mystery restored and enhanced.
And held below the glowing underside of the bowl a new honorific space of refection, gathering, conversation and ceremony has been created.

New gently curved gallery pathways of profiled timber nautilus shell-like forms join the transformed Te Ao Marama Southern Atrium with the He Taonga Mãori, bringing orientation and interconnection to both the museum and memorial.

A new sense of entrance threshold and dignity of arrival into the Te Ao Marama is orchestrated through operable and beautifully carved timber screens.

Integrated Cultural Artworks

‘Te Tatau Katiaki’ Digital Carving by Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Haua)

‘Wāhi Whakanoa’ Sculptures Hine-pū-te-hue and Rongomātāne by Chris Bailey (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Porou, Te Aupouri)

‘Manulua’ Sculptures by Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi

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