LandLAB are pleased to have 2 projects as finalists in the 2018 Best Awards - the Avon River Park 'Literature Trail' in the Environmental Graphics category (with the super Neil Pardington), and; 'Nga Whariki' (with the amazing Reihana Parata, Morehu Flutey-Henare and Wayne Youle) in the Nga Aho category - both for Otakaro (Martin Trusttum + Peter Matthews).
These projects have been defined by Ngāi Tahu principles “Kia atawhai ki te iwi, Be kind to your people” welcoming citizens back in to the recreated city, and; “Unu tai, which waters are you from?” that embrace the river as a way to reinforce place and identity.
The 'Literature Trail' integrates a series of text based works, in dialogue with the Ōtākaro, within the new public realm, promenade and terraces that frame the river. The selection of words and thier detailed execution articulates shared histories and ampifies relationships between the river and city.
In alternating frequency with literature pieces, the ‘Ngā Whāriki’ are allegorical weaving mats, translated into stone and settled within the river bank at locations that intersecting with specific stories, narratives and points of interest. Their position upon the bank varies, as if deposited by the Ōtākaro in flood. Each pattern illustrates different stories and ideals, originating with master weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare, and iteratively translated into digital drawings with artist/graphic designer Wayne Youle. Effectively a visual language system, the patterns can be read longitudinally as a stacking of layers which communicate a specific narrative. Laterally, the pattern can be extended by modules described as ‘hono’ - meaning “to join, connect, splice and weave to make a longer mat”.