Lonnie Hutchinson and Reuben Paterson with Walter Foott
Day/Night, Me Rongo: Walk in Rainbows, 2016
Manukau City, Ronwood Ave Car Park, Permanent Public Artwork
148 prisms, neon, steel
Night and Day is a light-based public artwork commission for Ronwood Ave Carpark in central Manukau.
The concept was first proposed in 2014 by Auckland based artists Lonnie Hutchinson and Reuben Paterson, answering a council call for innovative light-based artworks to enliven the newly completed Ronwood Ave Carpark building.
The title Night and Day refers to the way each artist has utilised light in their contribution to the finished artwork:
Lonnie Hutchinson has chosen large-scale, rainbow coloured, neon text to declare Aroha atu, Aroha mai / I love you, lighting up the sky with an all-inclusive message of unconditional love. This artwork was completed in June 2015 and has already become a popular Manukau landmark.
Reuben Paterson’s “Me Rongo” / “Walk in Rainbows” is a collaboration between Paterson and Taranaki-based prism artist Walter (Wal) Foott. Together they have developed a brightly coloured, giant, beaded curtain of hand-cast prisms, using platonic geometry and natural sunlight to bathe the carpark’s stairwells in vibrant rainbows. This work will be installed in July 2016 and will mark the completion of Night and Day.
The project is delivered as part of Auckland Council’s regional public art programme and is supported by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board and local mana whenua including: Te Kawerau-a-Maki, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Te Akitai Waiohua, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Paoa and Waikato-Tainui.
The artwork will be completed in late July 2016. A blessing by mana whenua and opening event hosted by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board will be held on Thursday, 11thAugust 2016