Untitled (Wheki Building)
- Mixed Media
- H2800 x W1000mm
The artist, Derek Lardelli, is widely known as one of New Zealand's finest tā moko (body art) proponents, and it is perhaps for this reason that the sculpture bears a resemblance to the uhi (needle) used in the art of tā moko. As with the moko, which acts as a permanent mark of ones heritage and identity, this sculpture reminds us of the changing face of the University.
The piece was commissioned for the opening of the Wheki Building at the Christchurch College of Education in 1999, prior to the college's merger with the University of Canterbury in 2007.
- Listing in University of Canterbury Art Collection