“Tūrangawaewae” art installation nearly ready for opening

“Tūrangawaewae” art installation nearly ready for opening

As part of this Sunday’s series of services of lament, the Cathedral will launch the new art installation: Tūrangawaewae. The installation is made of 42 wooden tāngata, created by 15 artists, and aims to explore the impact of homelessness on the 42,000 Kiwis who are without a home. The tāngata will stand on the Cathedral forecourt for a week, being brought out in the morning and stored away each night by our Anglican Youth Movement family. At the end of the installation, communities around the diocese are invited to host one of the tāngata for six months, to be a constant reminder as we worship, pray and live together of the needs in every community.

Everyone is invited to come to the art installation – to view it, to contemplate, and to lament and pray over the situation in which tens of thousands of Kiwis find themselves. The launch event occurs on the forecourt of the Cathedral at 4pm this Sunday the 27th, and will even include the arrival of some 40 motorbikes as Rev Dave Smart and the God Squad motorbike group join in with the event.

It will be followed by the Cathedral’s service of lament for the housing crisis. The tāngata are then viewable from Monday the 28th until Saturday the 2nd, and will then be included in the Cathedral’s worship on Sunday the 3rd of September, before leaving that space for the various communities that will host them. The Cathedral’s monthly overnight vigil from the 1st to the 2nd of September will also focus on the issue of homelessness, and the Cathedral’s morning and evening prayers will be held amongst the tāngata for that week.

If you want to host one of the tāngata, please contact the City Missioner, Rev Tric Malcolm on tric@wgtncitymission.org.nz.

Photo: one of the tāngata sitting in the crypt of the Cathedral, awaiting installation next week.