Anton Forde Pen to Peace to Peaceful Pen, 2019
1881 numbered Treated Pine Survey Pegs, 2000 Plastic supports and Te Whetūmatarau Whenua
Every day we interact with ourselves, each other, and land. Most of us have a relationship with a survey peg whether we like it or not. Most of us also interact or have some form of relationship with birds/manu. You are asked to participate in this evolving sculpture, which remembers the first peaceful protests of the past, the recognition of wrongdoing through the signing of a formal apology in 2017, and the little birds/manu that are symbols of a new dawn of peace, beauty and hope.
Inspired by and dedicated to all who have stood strong under the passive resistance movement kauapapa/ philosophy founded by Parihaka Prophets Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti O Rongomai and those that received an apology by the Government received 49,524 days later.