The Guardian - Te Tairāwhiti
The Guardian - Te Tairāwhiti is a 4 metre high cylindrical sculpture in Gladstone Road between Grey and Bright streets.
This sculpture explores the cultures and spirit of the East Coast. It embodies a Korowai (cloak) to represent the guardianship that is shared by the tangata whenua and peoples of Tairāwhiti. Ko te whakairo he whakaaro mo ngā tikanga me te wairua hoki o Te Tairawhiti. Ko te korowai he mea paiheretia and i te mana o ngā tāngata o Te Tairāwhiti.
A competition was run in 2007 to select a new art piece for the CBD. This was the winning piece from 6 entries - artists Brett Crockett (ex local) and Drew Hill (local high school teacher).
The creation of the sculpture was initiated in 2012 after enough money was raised by the Art in Public Places Trust. The sculpture is made out of Plexiglas otherwise known as bullet proof glass, and is the first known public art piece created from this material. Fitted LED lights shine up through the sculpture emphasising in changing colours the cultural designs routed into the Plexiglas. It explores the cultures and spirit of the East Coast, and the shape embodies a korowai (cloak) to represent the guardianship that is shared by the tangata whenua and peoples of Tairawhiti. Council contributed $20,000 towards the creation of the sculpture.
Council would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters.
Sponsors - BH Ritchie & Sons Ltd, Clark Charitable Trust, Creative Communities NZ, Eastland Community Trust, Eastern & Central Community Trust, First Sovereign Trust, Gisborne District Council, OPUS International Consultants, Prof J Richards, River Oaks Views.
Supporters - McCannics, Rene Lexmond Concrete Contractors, Electrinet, Atkins Concrete, Jukes Transport, Gisborne Scaffolding, Innes Street Panel Beaters, The Tool shed.