Untitled (Wheki Building)


Derek Lardelli



  • Sculpture


  • Mixed Media


  • H2800 x W1000mm

Derek Lardelli (Ngāti Konohi, Ngāi Te Aweawe), ‘Untitled’ (1999), College of Education, University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Image Credit: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


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.

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