Gallery: ME WE Sculpture for Otago Polytechnic
The ME WE sculpture is placed on the left side plinth and right side plinth when entering the Otago Polytechnic building. The sculpture is fabricated from stainless steel with a high mirror polish finish. There is also on top of the entrance bulkhead the words 'NAU MAI HAERE MAI' which is illuminated from pounamu green coloured neon which at night time will illuminate the ME WE sculpture.
"The pairing of Maori with English words, is an honouring of Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural Treaty of Waitangi partnership. Also present in the work is the notion of education as a journey – "ara honohono" - the concept presented by Otakou Runaka representative Tahu Potiki, in consultaion with Professor Emeritus Khyla Russell. As people pass between the words either entering or exiting Te Pa Tauira, an image of self is reflected for just a moment on both the words ME and WE simultaneously. At Otago Polytechnic students and staff are on both an individual learning journey and part of a greater learning community". Comments from Scott Eady, Senior Lecturer at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, NZ.
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