Untitled [Tāne Mahuta and Tangaroa]


Gavin Britt

Breens Intermediate School students



  • Mural
  • Whakairo


  • Textile
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wood


  • H1250 x W3600mm

Gavin Britt with Breens Intermediate School, ‘Untitled [Tāne Mahuta and Tangaroa]’ (c.1985), University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus, Ōtautahi Christchurch

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


"This mural was created by students from Breens Intermediate under the guidance of art teacher Gavin Britt, with the assistance of George Edwards (Ngāi Tahu) and Cath Brown (Ngāi Tahu). The mural, made from carved wood, raffia weaving and acrylic on board." The mural brother atua, Tāne Mahuta (god of forests and of birds) and Tangaroa (god of the sea). "There are several more of these murals on display around the Dovedale campus, the themes for them often based on stories and legends told to Britt by Rima Bell of Tuahiwi." These murals have been relocated to the main campus.

~ quoted from 'Art in the Library #2' (August 2, 2013).

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