Story: Public and street art

Ralph Hotere, 'The flight of the godwit' (2nd of 2)

Ralph Hotere painted 'The flight of the godwit', an 18-metre long mural, for Auckland airport in 1977. This work joined murals by Pat Hanly and Robert Ellis at the airport. After the airport was redesigned in 1996, Hotere's work was given to the Chartwell Collection, along with Hanly's 'Prelude to a journey'. It was later gifted to the Auckland Art Gallery and renamed 'Godwit/kuaka' by the artist.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: C1997/1/1/1-15
Artwork by Ralph Hotere

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Courtesy of the Hotere Foundation Trust

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Public and street art - Murals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/44476/ralph-hotere-the-flight-of-the-godwit (accessed 16 December 2017)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014