Rangi me Papa


Fred Graham



  • Sculpture


  • Steel
  • Stone


  • Papa: W2430 x H950mm ; Rangi: W2430 x H1370mm

Fred Graham (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, Tainui), ‘Rangi me Papa’ (1987) [pictured on temporary display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2020-2022], Ara Institute of Canterbury, Ōtautahi Christchurch

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


"These relief works were produced while Graham was artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Polytechnic, now Ara Institute of Canterbury. Graham included the distinctive snowy peaks and braided rivers of Kā Pākihi-whakatekateka-a-Waitaha / Canterbury in his representation of the atua (deities) of sky and earth - Papatūānuku and her celestial husband Ranginui." ~ Christchurch Art Gallery

The work contrasts curved and figurative shapes cut in metal and inset dark areas of stone with boldly veined marble cut in sharp geometric shapes.

From 30 May 2020 to 3 July 2022 this work was on display as part of 'Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania' at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.