Untitled [Bowen Link Block]


Guy Ngan

Lost - destroyed


  • Mural
  • Mosaic


  • Ceramic


  • approx. H3m x W12m

Guy Ngan, 'Untitled [Bowen Link Block]' (1957), Pipitea, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

Image: Ken Davis, 1987.


Guy Ngan’s mosaic tile mural for the linkblock between the Bowen State Building and Broadcasting House was designed and completed at a similar time to the Bledisloe State Building.

As Ken Davis notes, “Bowen State Building and Broadcasting House were designed to form an architecturally harmonious whole and were separated by a sunken court and then linked by a canopy and mural faced wall. The mural consisted of abstract patterns of brightly coloured ceramic tiles and seemed inspired by modern abstract art.” Colour-blocks in a range of greys, yellow and orange filled an entire wall and provided a backdrop for generous plantings.

Sadly, this work is no longer. Broadcasting House was demolished after arson destroyed the building in 1997. It is likely this mural was demolished at the same time.