Sally Smith Kākano – Seed, 2019
Bronze, stainless steel base, 460 x 120 x 2700 mm. Edition 1/3
Today many of the kauri tree populations of mainland Auckland, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel ranges are infected with kauri dieback, a water mould that kills these magnificent trees and a disease for which there is no cure. Within this triangle of infected specimens sits Waiheke Island with its population of uninfected kauri. Pockets of isolated kauri such as those on Waiheke, free of infection, will be essential in ensuring the survival of the kauri as a solution is sought for the disease, as kauri seeds do not store successfully for long periods.
This piece seeks to remind the viewer of the potential that they play in ensuring that the Waiheke kauri tree survives. The deadly spores of this mould are carried from place to place on footwear. Please take care to clean your shoes. A seed has so much potential, but only if it is given the chance to germinate and grow, and we can all play a role in ensuring that occurs.