Ghost Kauri


Vivienne Mountford



  • Textile Work


  • Wool
  • Wood


  • 6 circular panels, each 890mm diameter. Total installed dimensions approx H3560 x W1600 mm

Vivienne Mountfort, ‘Ghost Kauri’ (1985), University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus, Ōtautahi Christchurch

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


Six circular panels that joint to reveal the form of a giant kauri tree, evocative of Mountford's time in the Waipoua Kauri Forest on the Auckland Peninsula, north of Dargaville. The work demonstrates the artist's concern for conservation and ecological balance. She considered the circle a universal symbol of growth and fulfilment, encouraging contemplation and constant re-evaluation, applicable to both physical and spiritual cycles.

This is one of five fibre works by Mountfort which, alongside items by Mae Taurua, Pippa Davies, Jaqueline Greenbank, Emma Fitts, Julia Holderness, Florence Akins, Ngarita Johnstone and Cath Brown, reflects the Canterbury region's strong tradition of textile arts celebrated in the UC Art Collection.