Axed, Hewn, Endangered, Kauri Artefacts

This is the story of history, events and change. It began with stands of Kauri trees cut. Then transported to Auckland, milled and laid as cobbles for Karangahape Road in the early 1900’s. Preserved in creosote and bitumen they withstood trams and other traffic before being buried, and 100 years later excavated and claimed by Matt Harte who then gifted this precious medium.

Diptych of exterior slices, reference the landscapes denuded by the deforestation.

Axe heads allude to the demise of these giant trees.

The kauri blocks experience their final intervention, visually documented and elevated to artefacts that respect this ancient and now
endangered tree.

History Uplifted

Expressions of interest in any of these pieces please contact me.