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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic

success?”

Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.

luna

union of heaven, earth, human

LUNA communicates within the Oteha Valley, relating a quietness and steadiness, in dialogue with the earth, the waters, the tall trees of the forest as well as the people of the surrounding buildings and structures. 

Observing the natural dynamics of the valley context was central in the process of conceiving this work. The site of the Albany Busway Carpark is integrally connected to the Lucas Creek, sloping down toward it and carrying an abundance of surface waters to it. The potency of this gradual dance of earth and water drew me to work with the slow and subtle forces of this landscape. 

The precise choice of location for LUNA was strongly influenced by the identification of an underground stream. The naturally occurring, vertically rising electro magnetic field (telluric energy) from the stream resonates through the natural limestone stone material of the tower. In this way, LUNA is accurately positioned to promote balance in the area, and to transmit positive energy. 

There is an invitation to imagine yourself entering the stone tower through Luna’s dark, narrow window. This mysterious possibility invokes the interplay of opposites; inside and outside, or darkness and light. Like all living things, Luna is alive with this dance of contrast. 

The `flower of life’ pattern carved into Luna’s side is an ancient geometric symbol that describes the structures of the universe. Within the symbol are patterns and codes known in science, architecture and art. Its presence within Luna conveys a story of our collective past, and a blueprint for our future - living in harmony, upholding the sacredness of all life. 

2012

Client: Auckland Transport

Project Team: Caroline Robinson of Cabal
Scottish Stone Walls Ltd, GHD, WEC, Katsura, ITS, Contrax Ltd

8m high x 5m wide at base

limestone and black granite

Photos: Simon Devitt, Laura Forest Photography, Trish Waugh