Trailing Tangaroa, 2016
aluminium frame, rubber jandals, metal clips and black electrical ties
3,500 high x 2,000 mm (diameter) variable
Trailing Tangaroa reflects Michel Tuffery concern for the place of Aotearoa New Zealand within the Pacific and it’s connections to and the relationships found through our Moana (sea). Constructed from ‘jandals aka chandals’ the work takes the form of a super sized midden shell. Tuffery found the original shell during his 2016 artist residency on Waiheke Island, originally known as Te Motu Arairoa (the long sheltering island) and recreates the shape as a metaphor for a recording device or witness to human existence in our eco systems. Tuffery continues his characteristic use of popular motifs and everyday materials to point to the continuity and relevance of history in a contemporary context.